Arsenal have stepped up their chase for Lyon midfielder Houssem Aouar after lodging an official bid for the Frenchman, who has reportedly agreed to join them.
The Gunners have made the central midfielder one of their top summer transfer targets and are hopeful of securing the signing of one of the most impressive players in the Champions League last season.
Aouar was part of the Lyon side that dumped Pep Guardiola’s Manchester City out of Europe’s most elite competition in the summer and Lyon, who are financially stretched amid the coronavirus pandemic, are ready to cash in on him.
So far, no club has matched their £54million valuation of the France international but Arsenal are testing Lyon’s resolve with a £32m bid.
According to Telefoot, Aouar has agreed a deal in principle to a move to the Emirates after there were no offers placed on the table from the likes of Juventus and Barcelona.
And RMC Sport claim that the Gunners are now locked in talks with Lyon in a bid to push the transfer over the line.
Lyon president Jean-Michel Aulas is renowned for his tough negotiation skills so there still remains work for Arsenal chiefs to do before the window closes on October 5.
Aulas is keen to keep Aouar at the club and he suggested that Arsenal do not have the funds to complete a deal.
‘Houssem Aouar can say to himself that the best thing would be to stay with us.’