Arsenal are ready to make another bid for Houssem Aouar as negotiations with Lyon continue.
The Gunners have now made the Frenchman their primary midfield target, ahead of Atletico Madrid’s Thomas Partey, and are set to increase their last offer of £32m.
The transfer window slams shut on Monday so time is running out for Arsenal to get the deal done for the 22-year-old and price remains the sticking point.
Lyon have lowered their original asking price from €60m (£55m) to €50m (£45.7m), but Arsenal are trying to get the deal done for less than that – a figure which has already put Juventus off the transfer.
The player is keen for the move and the clubs are expected to reach an agreement, but they are not there yet.
‘They are still in negotiation with Lyon right now, we have to see but they are trying, more than Juventus.
‘It’s true that Juventus called Lyon, but they were proposing other players for the Aouar deal, they can’t pay, in this moment, 50 euro to sign Aouar.
‘We have to see about the money because Aulas say he wants want €40-45m, but no, he wants €50m, he was starting from €60m, now considering €50m.
‘It’s normal in negotiations when you have a player that wants to leave and Aouar wants to leave and play in the Premier League.
‘But Arsenal are negotiating right now, the player wants to leave, personal terms are not a problem, he wants to join the club but there is no agreement yet.’
Lyon president Jean-Michel Aulas hinted that Aouar could have left the club as early as Friday, saying that there will be no more exits after then.
‘From Friday evening, when Rudi [Garcia] will choose his squad vs Marseille, there will be no departures,’ Aulas said on Wednesday.
‘We could see ourselves lose two players.’