Arsenal will soon make an offer of over €40million (£36m) for Lyon midfielder Houssem Aouar, according to reports. French outlet Telefoot Chaine claim Aouar has become Mikel Arteta’s priority signing for the remainder of the transfer window. The Gunners have already seen a player-plus cash bid turned down for the 22-year-old.
Arsenal midfielder Matteo Guendouzi was offered in part-exchange earlier this summer.
But Lyon did not view Guendouzi as the right “profile” of player they wanted to bring to the club.
However, Arsenal are now set to return with another offer to prise Aouar away from Lyon.
Earlier in the window it was reported Lyon were asking for around £54m for Aouar – considerably more than Arsenal are set to offer.
JUST IN: How Jadon Sancho is behaving in Borussia Dortmund training amid Man Utd interest
Meanwhile, Arsenal finally announced the extension of Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang’s contract on Tuesday.
The 31-year-old put pen to paper on a three-year deal to keep him at the Emirates until 2023.
Aubameyang says it is time Arsenal were respected more and is excited about the club’s business so far this summer.
“Look at the guys that came in [this summer],” Aubameyang told Arsenal.com.
“I think we can do something very big.
“And also the young players as well, they are coming like fire and this is why I stay. Because I know we have something to do.
“I said a few months ago that the best is to come for sure, for Arsenal. It’s time for everyone to respect our club.”
Atletico Madrid midfielder Thomas Partey has also been linked with a move to the Emirates.
And Premier League commentator Ian Darke believes Partey is more of a neccessity for Arteta.
“I think they need a little bit of steel in the middle of the pitch, so I think Partey would be a very good signing for Arsenal,” Darke told ESPN FC.
“I know they’re very keen, but they can’t seem to get that deal done.
“They’ve got [Dani] Ceballos back of course from Real Madrid, and he did well in the back end of last season, but in a more creative way.
“Both are good players, but I think of the two, I’d say Partey.”
This article contains affiliate links, which means we may receive a commission on any sales of products or services we write about. This article was written completely independently, see more details here