Arsenal’s hopes of signing Lyon playmaker Houssem Aouar have been dealt a blow after Paris Saint-Germain entered into negotiations over a deal for the Frenchman.
The Gunners have had two bids turned down for the Frenchman, the last of which was believed to be around £32million.
Lyon are seeking closer to £46m for the midfielder but Arsenal cannot stretch that far and must raise funds in order to significantly improve their current bid.
Though Arsenal are working hard to offload the likes of Matteo Guendouzi, Lucas Torreira and Sead Kolasinac, the deals are not yet done with just four days left in the window.
Lyon had set a deadline of October 2nd to resolve Aouar’s future and Arsenal’s dithering has opened the door to Paris Saint-Germain, who are now in talks to sign the midfielder, according to L’Equipe.
Thomas Tuchel has been angry at his side’s lack of investment following their run to the Champions League final and they’ve already lost the likes of Edinson Cavani and Thiago Silva.
The German feels the Ligue 1 giants are now weaker than last season and his board are clearly now trying to rectify that in the final days of the window.
It’s claimed PSG president President Al Khelaifi held a meeting with Lyon on Tuesday to discuss a deal for the midfielder but the Parisians are struggling to meet Lyon’s asking price.
PSG have made a £90m loss due to the pandemic and they must stick to strict Financial Fair Play guidelines, meaning they cannot splash out this summer.
The Ligue 1 champions have therefore suggested a deal now that would see Aouar arrived in the French capital next summer, allowing Lyon to keep the midfielder for another season.
Arsenal will rightly be worried by PSG’s interest but they want the player this summer, meaning they could capitalise on Lyon’s need for instant financial gain.