Arsenal have been given a significant double lift in their bid to sign Houssem Aouar.
Mikel Arteta is reportedly targeting a move for France Under-21 international Aouar in the coming weeks.
Arteta wants to revamp his midfield and is also targeting a move for Atletico Madrid’s Thomas Partey.
However, Arsenal’s hopes of securing Aouar have now received a timely double lift. As per Italian journalist Nicolo Schira, Aouar agreed a five-year deal with the Gunners two weeks ago.
He added that Arsenal are yet to agree a deal with Lyon, but they will now up their efforts to secure an agreement with Lyon.
Lyon sporting director Juninho confirmed on Tuesday he has so far received no offers for his prized midfielder.
According to Telefoot Chaine, however, that situation will soon change. They too state Arsenal areready to step up their interest.
The source claims that a “concrete offer” from Arsenal will “soon” arrive for Aouar.
What’s more, the bid will be worth over €40million (£36million). Previous reports, however, suggest Lyon would want at least £40million if they are to sell up.
Regardless, the latest claim adds that Aouar is Arteta’s “priority” for the current transfer window.
Furthermore, reliable French journalist Julien Laurens, speaking on an ESPN podcast, also believes Aouar to Arsenal will happen.
He states that once the sale of Lucas Torreira to Torino goes through, the Gunners will have the funds needed. His move has hit a stumbling block for now, though Arsenal will work to reach a resolution.
Once that deal has gone through – together with the sale of Emiliano Martinez to Aston Villa – Arsenal should be able to launch their Aouar approach.
Laurens stated: “I believe Arsenal are preparing a deal, a bid for Aouar once they sell Lucas Torreira, probably to Torino, after Emi Martinez went to Villa. I think Arsenal will offer something to Lyon for Aouar & this one could happen.
Speaking about how Aouar would fit in at Arsenal, Laurens added: “I think the idea is to move to a 4-3-3 anyway at some time and then Aouar could play in midfield. Aouar can play in a 3-4-3, in the two in midfield. He runs a lot although he doesn’t have the defensive minded approach.”
.@LaurensJulien: “I believe Arsenal are preparing a deal, a bid for Aouar once they sell Lucas Torreira, probably to Torino, after Emi Martinez went to Villa. I think Arsenal will offer something to Lyon for Aouar & this one could happen.” [‘Gabs & Jul’ ESPN Podcast] #afc
— afcstuff (@afcstuff) September 17, 2020
LEVERKUSEN LEAD WAY FOR KOLASINAC DEAL
Meanwhile, Sead Kolasinac is chasing a return to Germany and Bayer Leverkusen are leading the hunt for the Arsenal defender, according to reports.
Sky Germany have reported that Kolasinac wants to return to Germany for family reasons.
The full-back was an unused substitute in Arsenal’s Premier League opening-weekend victory over Fulham. Ainsley Maitland-Niles started at left-wing-back with Mikel Arteta using Kieran Tierney on the left of a three-man defence.
Arteta also has youngster Bukayo Saka and is willing to let the 27-year-old leave The Emirates.
The Bosnian defender, who was a free-transfer from Schalke in 2017, has made 105 appearances for Arsenal. But he is entering the last two years of his contract and with little prospect of first-team football he looks destined to move on.