The real reason why Arsenal’s move for Ligue 1 star failed

Arsenal looked for a midfielder in the final weeks of the transfer window before they eventually landed Thomas Partey.

The Ghanaian had been a long-term target of theirs, but as they struggled to sign him, they looked at alternatives.

They considered moves for Lyon’s Houssem Aouar and Chelsea’s Jorginho.

The Gunners placed a bid for the Frenchman, but it wasn’t good enough to take him away from his club.

They were eventually told that it was too late for him to be sold and the Gunners made a late move for Partey.

ESPN as cited by the Mirror is now claiming that the major reason why Arsenal’s bid to land Aouar failed was because of the fee demanded by his agent to get the deal done.

The report claims that Aouar’s brother, Brahim who also acts as his agent demanded that the Gunners paid a £10m fee before he would broker the move.

The Gunners refused to pay that much for that purpose and he remained at the French side.

Aouar is one of the best midfielders in Europe at the moment, but most Arsenal fans will probably be happier that the Gunners signed Partey instead.

The Ghanaian has proven to be a solid player and if he performs the way he did in Spain, then Arsenal will be glad that they signed him.

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7 Comments

  1. Val says:

    Good, I’m glad we didn’t fold on that!

    Maybe its a good thing that we move on from him and look elsewhere.
    If thats the kind of character his brother has ( greed ) then I wouldnt go back there. Aouar may have the same characteristics and I for one don’t wan that kind of character playing for us, regardless of how good he may be.
    Not interested in Nasri mkII

  2. Sean Williams says:

    Greed. We are better off without Houssem Aouar, if his brother Brahim is a just a greedy £$£$. Don’t need them!

  3. Sean says:

    If he doesnt come there will be another little gem.somwhere to be snapped up… he is a super player but hasnt done that much, stat wise to command that fee at 22yrs old.

    Partey is the smarter option as he ticks every box that we needed in a midfielder to come in and beef up the spine of the team. Cabellos in an attacking role infront of Partey & Xhaka might be our starting kodforld this season and isnt that bad!

    3 out of Pepe, Auba, Laca, Saka, Willian infront of them 👏

    Leno, Bellerin, Gabriel & Teirney behind make me feel confident just depends who’s the other CB in Holding, Luiz or Mustafi.

  4. B474RA says:

    The report claims that Aouar’s brother, Brahim who also acts as his agent demanded that the Gunners paid a £10m fee before he would broker the move.

    I assume that Houssem knew that his brother monetized his transfer for £10M. So Houssem himself wanted that £10M in his brother pocket rather than joining Arsenal. I can see some ‘Ozil game plan’.

    Happily we landed Thomas. Can we move Granit some were else…

  5. SueP says:

    Why are we surprised?
    As long as there is money in elite football there will be agents taking their obscene fees

  6. Coachy says:

    Well according to report Arsenal didn’t go for partey because they lost Aouar deal. Partey has been Arsenal no 1 target to replace Torreira and has been assured that Arsenal will activate his release clause. We lost Aouar because of his agent and their president who won’t keep his mouth shut. He is ozil replacement and am sure we will bid come January or summer if we can get some players out.

    1. Coachy says:

      Come summer I know luiz,mustafi,sokratis, Kolasinic,Torreira,ozil,lacazette will leave and we will bring some players in. I just pray we win a trophy this season to show that we are coming up

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