Pep Guardiola is prepared to battle with Arsenal for the signature of talented Lyon midfielder, Houssem Aouar, Mirror Sports reports.
The young Frenchman has been one of the best midfielders around Europe over the past few seasons.
His fine performance in the Champions League this season helped Lyon reach the semi-final of the competition.
Lyon is known as a selling club and they have set a value of £54 million for the 22-year-old.
Arsenal has been interested in him this summer and the Gunners even attempted to sign him by using Matteo Guendouzi as a sweetener in the move.
Lyon doesn’t want the Arsenal man and they swiftly rejected the proposal, but Arsenal remains keen.
With the transfer window remaining open, the Gunners still have time to return with an improved offer, but they face tough competition from Manchester City now.
Guardiola is a known admirer of the midfielder and the report claims that he will try to beat Arteta to his signing.
Lyon Chief, Juninho has confirmed that Manchester City are interested in signing the player and they may have been in contact via agents.
He said as quoted by the Mirror: “We were not directly contacted. Maybe [director general] Vincent Ponsot was contacted by Manchester City, I am not sure.
“It is like that with these two teams, two enormous teams who play to win the Champions League every year, they have the capacity for that and that makes any player dream.
“I don’t know if Houssem is ready to change project for a big Ligue 1 team like PSG.
“For City, of course Guardiola likes the player, but is that the profile that they are looking for today? We don’t know that either and we have not received any official offers.”
Without sounding the pessimist…
“Well thats one of the two that has gone elsewhere”
Mikel Pep tug of war!!
Yeah. Who do you think would win Sue, master or student? 🤔
Of course I’m going to say student 😁 Who wouldn’t want to be a part of the Arteta revolution and play alongside the mighty Aubameyang?! 👍
What are your thoughts, Kobin?
Silent Stan vs Sheik Mansour
C League vs E League
Pep vs MA(love him)
Pretty confident which way this
tug of war will end up
Might be a plot to drive the prize up. If it is that. It would would. I don’t think City needs Auora. Foden can fit right into Silva shoes. But I don’t think Pep can resist his brilliance. For Lyon to beat City in the Cl, it
Is a lot of brilliance.
I think its to drive up the price, he was careful to say twice there was no offer or known contact, and decides to just throw in a mention of another rich team, PSG
Partey over Auoar anyday, so am not afraid if city sign him
Likewise. Thank you, my friend!
Lyon trying so hard to start a bidding war where none exists. this is F***** hilarious notice how Juninho sounds elusive on said offers from big teams? maybe this maybe that? like WTF? A whole DoF sounding like some ITK on twitter? If there was any movement from the said teams Aulas and Juninho would be shooting from the hip rn, such are moments crooked Lyon live for: getting into initial agreements then walking back everything for their selfish gain. Aulas& co are so desperate for PSG and city to show up.