A move for Houssem Aouar may be on the cards for Arsenal.
This is going to be a very big transfer window for Arsenal. The fans are awaiting a transformation and if things do not change this time around, Mikel Arteta’s time will surely run-up. The Spaniard has now been the manager for one and a half-season.
Mikel Arteta had a very promising beginning, but a dreadful follow-up with Arsenal. The club just had one of their worst seasons in the Premier League. If the manager cannot turn things around, the club may start looking for a new manager.
But one thing we often forget is that Mikel Arteta himself is a former player and will definitely want to prove his mettle with Arsenal. There are heavy expectations of a major reshuffle for the Gunners. As a result, the club is expected to be involved in a lot of transfer activities in this window.
Arsenal has links with a host of players and transfer festivities have already begun. The club is on the verge of announcing two new signings. There are also players who are looking to secure an exit which indicates that the process is underway.
The club desperately needs a creative presence in their midfield. Norwich’s Emiliano Buendia was a major target for the club but he decided to sign with Aston Villa, which means Arsenal are still on the lookout.
Although the club does have suitable alternatives to look at. Jack Grealish is one of them but his transfer fee may end up being too much for Arsenal. Houssem Aouar is another player the Gunners have been scouting since last year.
Houssem Aouar likely to look for an exit away from Lyon
The Frenchman is one of Europe’s top creative prospects as of now. The player has been playing well for Olympique Lyon for the past two seasons. Aouar is a versatile player who can slot in either as a central or an attacking midfielder.
He was part of Lyon’s impressive core, but the club’s decision to let Memphis Depay has not sat well with the Frenchman. The player is not reassured about Lyon’s willingness to fight for the ultimate prize.
He was away from training in the past couple of weeks. Lyon has clarified that the reason behind this was sickness, but there are other claims flying out there. According to a report from Get French Football News, Aouar is eager to force an exit from his current club.
At 23 Houssem Aouar is a highly rated attacking prospect. Arsenal was interested in him in the last transfer window too. However, this time things are slightly different. There were reports that Arsenal was asked a price tag of close to £60 million for Aouar in the last window.
Although if Aouar wants to leave, Olympique Lyon will lose a major basis for their negotiations. The player only has two years left on his contract with the club. He could try to force a move away from Lyon.
Arsenal could benefit in a scenario like this. They could broker a deal close to £30-35 million for the French talent. The amount could be respectable enough for Lyon to give the go-ahead at the same time it wouldn’t be a major expense and there would be still space for other signings.