Juninho probed on talk of £40m sale to Arsenal, Barcelona move

Date published: Wednesday 16th September 2020 1:21

Juninho Lyon

Lyon sporting director Juninho says his club have received no firm interest from Arsenal for exciting midfielder Houssem Aouar.

Several reports claim Gunners boss Mikel Arteta wants to sign Aouar before the October transfer deadline.

The 22-year-old played a starring role in Lyon’s run to last season’s Champions League semi-finals. Indeed, he scored nine goals and assisted 10 others in all competitions.

The latest speculation claims Lyon will accept a minimum of £40million for Aouar, but Juninho has insisted no such proposal has yet arrived.

Juninho also confirmed that he has received no interest in Memphis Depay. Reports claim the Dutchman is a top target for his compatriot and Barcelona boss Ronald Koeman.

“For now, there is nothing for these players,” the sporting director told Telefoot Chaine (via the Metro).

“We have not received anything for Houssem, we have not received anything for Memphis.”

Juninho was speaking after his side’s 2-1 Ligue 1 loss to Montpellier on Tuesday. Aouar lasted only 44 minutes before receiving a straight red card for dangerous play.

Depay scored to half his side’s deficit in the second half but the result means Lyon have only collected four points from their first three league games.





Meanwhile, further reports also claim Arsenal want Atletico Madrid’s Thomas Partey in before the transfer window closes.

Ghanain midfielder Partey is a long-term Gunners target but is worth over £50million, the Daily Mirror claims.

Arsenal’s spending plan was made clear after they finally resolved Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang’s future.

The striker signed a new three-year deal at the Emirates Stadium following months of speculation.

Now, Arsenal hope four first-team exits will help them raise funds for moves for Aouar and Partey. In fact, Emiliano Martinez has already secured a move to Aston Villa.

Meanwhile, Arsenal also want to move on Matteo Guendouzi, Sead Kolasinac and Lucas Torreira.

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