Arsenal reportedly made Lyon an offer for midfielder Houssem Aouar last summer after his impressive form for the Ligue 1 side.
Aouar scored nine goals and claimed 10 assists last season, helping Lyon into the Champions League semi-finals. The interest in the French midfielder was high with “some strong interest” from a number of sides in Europe. And the Gunners were one of those teams and made an attempt to sign the 22-year-old. That is according to L’Equipe via Sport Witness. However, the Coronavirus pandemic scuppered any chances of a deal going through.
Juventus and PSG were also monitoring the player, but only Arsenal made a firm offer.
Just how much Arsenal put on the table is unclear. But after spending €50m on Thomas Partey later in the summer, it’s probably reasonable to suggest a similar fee.
Aouar ended up staying, and Mikel Arteta instead decided to splash out on a holding midfielder in Partey, rather than a creative talent.
Just why the talented Aouar never moved on is unclear. The Ligue 1 side had expected the one-cap France man to move and even bought Lucas Paqueta to replace him.
Asked in October if he was disappointed that he didn’t seal a summer exit, Aouar replied: “I’m the opposite. I am at home, in the club that I love, with my friends and my family.
“So certainly I have all my bearings and it is giving me even more motivation to have a good season. I want to bring the club back to the top places in Ligue 1.”
Whether or not Arsenal will make another move for Aouar is up for debate.
Cut-price deal possible
Neither arrived to swell Arsenal’s squad, instead Martin Odegaard signed on loan from the Bernabeu.
The French outlet suggest Lyon are publicly against a summer sale, but they know the summer window is the last one in which they can get a “good price” for him.
Aouar will have just two years left on his contract this summer and an offer of €30m would “not be such a bad deal”, as per the source.
However, the player’s form has not been as impressive this season. He picked up ad adductor problem last month and has not started a game since the end of March,