Arsenal’s hopes of landing Lyon midfielder Houssem Aouar have taken a blow after the club were made aware of a rival offer from a side offering Champions League football, according to reports.
Gunners manager Mikel Arteta is still aiming to bring in further reinforcements before the summer transfer market shuts in two weeks’ time with a new midfielder high on his agenda.
For a long time, the Gunners were linked with Atletico Madrid’s Thomas Partey, though appeared to have changed tack by targeting creative attacking midfielder Aouar.
However, a deal has stalled with the Gunners unable to pay Lyon’s massive asking price, while chief Juninho rejected their attempts to include Aouar’s compatriot Matteo Guendouzi as part of the deal.
Arsenal need to sell stars before they can afford Aouar – with midfielder Lucas Torreira’s exit potentially providing the funds needed – though now the club face another hurdle in their hopes of landing the Frenchman.
According to The Telegraph, Houssem has been contacted by a club in the Champions League – something the Gunners cannot offer – who hope to secure a deal before the end of the market.
The club sounded out the 22-year-old star to see if he’d be interested in a move and are now preparing a late proposal, with Lyon demanding a £54 million asking price.
While the identity of Houssem’s new suitor is unknown, Juventus have been keeping tabs on the midfielder all summer and Bayern Munich could be in the market for a new midfielder after losing the Spain international Thiago Alcantara to Liverpool.