Premier League outfit Arsenal‘s latest interest in a player has left Lyon star Houssem Aouar’s agents stunned as per the reports. Arsenal has been showing good interest in signing the French midfielder from the last summer transfer window.
However, Lyon’s demands for their star player have kept this signing in the queue. Mikel Arteta was keen to land this particular midfielder, considering their performance in the midfield area. Arsenal did struggle in the middle of the park last season in keeping the ball.
After understanding Lyon’s demands, Arsenal went on to sign Atletico Madrid midfielder Thomas Partey on a permanent deal. While Kondogbia joined Simeone’s side as a replacement for Partey at the club. However, Thomas Partey couldn’t make any big impact after his arrival at the Emirates.
The club is still in search of a central midfielder ahead of the new season, which kick-starts in a few weeks’ time. While the board is almost ready to convince Granit Xhaka for a potential stay by offering a new long-term deal. The player was rumored to join AS Roma in Serie A, but Arteta and Edu are happy to keep hold of the midfielder for another season.
The midfielder is likely to sign a contract extension in the coming weeks with Arsenal. Xhaka’s contract runs down until the end of 2023 summer. Although Xhaka didn’t have a great season with Arsenal last term, he had a decent outing with Swiss.
Granit Xhaka managed one assist in four games for his national side in Euro 2020. He also had 92% passing accuracy with 26 ball recoveries. He can play a vital role in Arteta’s midfield, can also add flair and experience which is lacking. However, Thomas Partey’s arrival has stabilized Arsenal midfield a bit more.
Arsenal show keen interest in signing Leicester star
According to Sky Sports report, Arsenal is keen to land James Maddison this summer from Leicester City. However, the price tag for the midfielder is quite higher than Houssem Aouar. But Edu and Arteta are planning to add their players in the deal to temp the foxes to accept the deal.
This particular interest for Maddison from Arsenal has left Aouar’s agents surprised as per The Sun. Leicester City is demanding £60m for the English midfielder, who is open to join the Gunners. While Arsenal is planning to add players in the player-plus-cash deal to reduce the price tag.
However, Leicester City is not interested in accepting any of Arsenal’s players for Maddison. The Foxes are demanding only cash for the highly rated midfielder. One of four players offered to Leicester is Reiss Nelson, Ainsley Maitland-Niles, Joe Willock, and Eddie Nketiah as per Football London.
Aouar camp hopeful of Premier League move
Lyon’s Houssem Aouar is waiting for an offer from Arsenal as per reports in France. The Arsenal board has also made contacts with Aouar agents in the recent weeks for a potential move. The Londoners are planning to secure both players this summer in hopes of winning a silverware.
However, Houssem Aouar has been announced as vice-captain by his current club ahead of the new season. The French midfielder is on Arsenal’s radar since last summer and could finally make a transfer before the end of the current transfer window.
Both James Maddison and Aouar signings can only strengthen Arsenal’s midfield setup. Midfield was their only concern last season and with Aouar’s arrival, it can be resolved. While James Maddison’s form in Premier League has been excellent with 21 goals and 17 assists in 98 outings.