Arsenal has reportedly lunched an offer to French Ligue 1 outfit, Lyon, for midfielder Houssem Aouar following a drop in the asking price for the player. According to reports, the player (Aouar) could cost the Gunners under a third of the £54million fee club officials hoped to get in 2020.
Arsenal Step up Bid for Houssem Aouar
The 23-year-old had been heavily linked with a move to the Emirates stadium before the start of the 2020-21 season, but it did not work. Arsenal has now re-ignited their interest in the player again. The North London club manager Mikel Arteta is keen on the versatile attacker who can play centrally or on the wing.
In September, reports in France claimed Lyon had turned their noses up at two separate bids from the North London giants of £31m and £34.5m. However, the Gunners have returned with a fresh offer for the playmaker whose current contract will expire in 2023.
The Premier League club is not the only player that is interested in the player as La Liga champions Atletico Madrid and Ligue 1 giants Paris Saint-Germain are all in for the player. Lyon, who finished fourth last season, reportedly demanded £17m to £21m for Aouar.
It is believed the club’s failure to qualify for next season’s Champions League may have influenced a price drop. However, the player faced some fitness struggles last term after picking up a thigh injury in November 2020.