The midfield department of the Arsenal squad needs quality additions this summer.
British source claim that Arsenal are pushing to sign Lyon midfielder Houssem Aouar.
The 22-year-old has been subject to interest from various European clubs.
In 137 appearances for Lyon, Aouar has managed to score 24 goals, and create 27 goals for his teammates.
The 22-year-old is considered to be one of the best midfielders in France.
Aouar has represented France at Under-17 and Under-21 level, winning 15 caps and scoring 4 goals.
The 22-year-old will be high in demand this summer, with him having enjoyed a sublime season for Lyon last term.
By the club’s own admission, Lyon midfielder Aouar is Arsenal’s number one transfer target.
Arteta is a long term admirer of Aouar and believes he can get the most out of the France international.
Arsenal are desperate to make an impact in the summer transfer window.
There is no doubt that Aouar will take Arsenal’s midfield to a different level.
According to the report, “Arsenal and Manchester City could go head-to-head in the battle to sign Lyon midfielder Houssem Aouar. The 22-year-old has become one of Europe’s most coveted players in his position after his form last season. He impressed as his side knocked out Juventus and City in the Champions League. Arsenal have already taken steps to try to land Aouar, with a swap deal failing. The Gunners offered Matteo Guendouzi, but Lyon chief Juninho said he immediately rejected the proposal. Previous reports have also suggested Arsenal have had a £31.2million bid rejected by Lyon. Now, journalist Fabrizio Romano (via ESPN) claims Arsenal are preparing a new bid for Aouar. Lyon have maintained that their star player has a £54million price tag on his head. According to the Daily Mirror, however, Arsenal will not be alone in their efforts. City boss Pep Guardiola is also an admirer and could persuade his superiors to fund a move.”
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The Gunners have to fork out a huge transfer fee if they are genuinely interested in the France international.
Good signing for Arsenal?
Given Houssem Aouar’s talent and potential, he would be a very good signing for Arsenal in the long run.
As for the player, Arsenal could be a great place for him to grow as a footballer. They will be able to provide him with regular first-team football and he will be coached by a very good manager like Arteta.
Arsenal fans would certainly love to see him arrive at the club.
It will be interesting to see how the situation unfolds in the next few days.
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Bologna-born Giuseppe Bianchi has spent more than a decade living in Rome and writing about Italian football, Spanish football and the Premier League for various Italian football portals and now he writes about European football for Euro Football Rumours. He's been thinking about football transfers pretty much nonstop since the 1990 FIFA World Cup in Italy. Aside from writing, he likes to spend his time fishing and rock climbing.