ARSENAL are reportedly lining up a bid for Lyon’s Houssem Aouar subsequent summer season after falling brief this yr.
The Gunners are getting their listing of targets for the summer season switch window drawn up forward of time.
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Arsenal are anticipated to launch a bid for Lyon’s Houssem Aouar subsequent summer seasonCredit score: AFP
And the Lyon attacking midfielder remains to be on supervisor Mikel Arteta’s wishlist after curiosity earlier this yr, in keeping with The Athletic’s David Ornstein.
Native lad Aouar, 22, has risen by means of the ranks at Lyon and was named within the Champions League squad of the season final yr.
He was pivotal in Lyon’s run to the semi-finals, the place they beat Juventus and Manchester Metropolis on the way in which earlier than dropping to Bayern Munich.
Ornstein added that the Gunners are additionally after a right-sided centre-back the place there could possibly be a possible scarcity within the squad.
He said: “I’m undecided about an attacking midfielder coming into Arsenal in January.
“What I’m listening to is that Arsenal are already effectively forward of their planning for the window of summer season 2021 & talks are going down about potential recruits.”
“The sense I get is that they’d be wanting, understandably, to herald a artistic attacking midfielder in that type of No 10 position however maybe who might function in direction of the fitting as effectively as a result of they’re pretty effectively stocked on the left.
“They pursued the signing in the summertime of Houssem Aouar of Lyon, so I don’t think about that curiosity would essentially go away.
“The opposite place I’ve heard just a little bit about is the right-sided central defender.
“If David Luiz & others had been to go, then there could possibly be a little bit of a scarcity there.”
Arsenal didn’t signal Aouar in the summertime as a result of their provide was ‘beneath market worth’, according to Lyon chief Vincent Ponsont.
Ponsont revealed THREE golf equipment had been chasing Aouar in the summertime.
And he claimed Arsenal supplied too little, even contemplating they had been prepared to provide them a ‘low cost’ as a result of monetary repercussions of coronavirus.
Ponsont advised L’Equipe: “We had three large golf equipment for him. The primary one was extra for subsequent season.
“The second was associated to the departure of a participant, and with this membership, we might have come to an settlement.
“The third membership was Arsenal, who supplied beneath the market worth.
“We mentioned it with the participant’s entourage, and collectively we took the choice to say no.”