Arsenal’s hopes of landing Houssem Aouar before the transfer window shuts have been handed a lift after Lyon agreed a deal for his successor.
The north London club have so far had two bids turned down for the 22-year-old, with the latest believed to be around £32million.
Lyon wanted around £55m for the France international at the start of the transfer window. However, they are said to have lowered that asking price and would now accept closer to £46m.
But with time running out, there remains a significant difference in valuations between the two parties.
As such, their latest offering has been branded ‘timid’ by Lyon’s controversial president Jean-Michel Aulas.
However, it seems Lyon fully expect the Gunners to come back in with an increased offer. Furthermore, the Ligue 1 side have now struck a deal to sign the man many see as his would-be replacement in midfield.
As per trusted transfer source Gianluca Di Marzio, Lyon have agreed a €20m package with AC Milan to sign Lucas Paqueta.
He claims the Brazil international has already said his goodbyes to his Milan teammates.
Furthermore, he says terms on a five-year-deal have already been agreed. In addition, his signing is expected to be formally announced in the next few days.
Time running out for Arsenal signings
Time is now running out for Arsenal to complete a move for the playmaker, with the window closing on Monday.
Mikel Arteta spoke about the club’s chances of making more additions after the Monday loss at Liverpool.
He was typically coy, saying: “We don’t have any news on new players.
“It’s a week to go and I think it’s going to be really busy for the clubs. Not much business has been done.
“Let’s see what happens.”