Lyon Respond to Arsenal's Bid For Star Midfielder

Tanya Simon
September 28, 2020

Arsenal captain Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang has urged the club to sign Lyon midfielder Houssem Aouar.

Aouar is keen to move on and Lyon are also prepared to sell if the price is right, as they look to raise funds which would allow them to balance their books this year.

Arsenal had an initial offer of £32m rejected for Aouar but won't give up easily in their quest to sign him.

Jean-Michel Aulas, Lyon's president, will try his best to hold firm on the value in the coming days, and it's nearly certain the Premier League club will have to pay more than €40m. This could mean that the footballer might stay put at Lyon for another year.

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According to French outlet RMC, the Gunners returned with a marginally improved offer of €38m (£34.7m), which has also been rejected, the Ligue 1 club having set an asking price of €50m (£45.6m). For Houssem, Arsenal are too far from his value.

"We are counting on him to play a big game against Lorient and lead us into the Champions League next year".

Aulas has insisted he wants €60m for Aouar however, it is to be noted that Aulas is usually adamant and stubborn during negotiations but eventually surrenders his demands for a lesser fee.

The talented playmaker graduated to the senior squad at Groupama Stadium back in 2017, and has since racked up 139 appearances for the club, scoring 24 goals and providing 27 assists. The midfielder is an important part of Rudi Garcia's team but with the team sitting in 12th in the league, his future could be elsewhere.

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