Lyon chief expresses doubt over Arsenal’s ability to land major target

Lyon President, Jean-Michel Aulas has again hinted that Arsenal might not be able to follow up their interest in Houssem Aouar this summer due to the financial impact of covid19.

Aouar is one of Arsenal’s main transfer targets in this transfer window, but the Gunners are yet to table an official offer for the 22-year-old.

The Gunners have enquired about using Matteo Guendouzi as a makeweight in a move for the midfielder, but the French side doesn’t want the Arsenal bad boy.

The Gunners will now have to come up with Lyon’s asking price, but Aulas thinks that the financial impact of covid19 will frustrate Arsenal’s effort to sign the midfielder.

Lyon wants £54 million, that is even more money than what is demanded by Atletico Madrid for Arsenal’s other midfield target, Thomas Partey.

But it seems that the Gunners want the younger Frenchman whom Mikel Arteta has been monitoring since he was the assistant manager of Manchester City.

Aulas told French outlet, Le Progres via Mirror Sports of his doubt about the deal happening this summer.

He said: “Financially, Arsenal are like everyone else (in a tricky spot). And Houssem could say to himself that the best thing would be to stay with us.”

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7 Comments

  1. Sue says:

    OT..Adebayor in talks with West Brom 😡

  2. Trudeau says:

    If there is a chance, I think I’d rather have Coutinho on loan. Aouar for me is too much of an unproven risk at that kind of money. At least we know what we would get with Coutinho. Give Smith-Rowe a PL loan, give Saka a few games (it could be his best position) and reevaluate next year. Rome wasn’t built in a day. Partey is the one I really want.

    1. Valentine Uchenna Odiegwu says:

      I totally agree with you@ Trudeau. We really need the aggressiveness of Thomas Partey. If we can get coutinho on loan, that will take care of the creative part of our midfield. Be that as it may, that Aouar guy is a gem . He is really good and it will worth it if we can get him.

  3. GunneRay says:

    Considering the Kronke family just invested 5.5 Billion in a new stadium. What is the problem spending £100 million on a midfield pairing of Partey an Aoura who will no doubt for one of the best midfield set-ups in the EPL!!

    1. jw1 says:

      In all likelihood there won’t be many fans (if at all) sitting in that new $5.5B stadium for another year.

  4. RSH says:

    The more Aulus talks, the better. Lyon want Aouar sold, and really we are just waiting on Torreira departure to finally bid.

  5. KingJossy says:

    If we can’t get new toys then we should stick with the ones we have.

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