‘From Friday, the players who have not left will no longer leave’: Arsenal set a deadline by Lyon president to wrap up their move for £45m-rated midfielder Houssem Aouar
- Arsenal are already preparing a significantly improved bid for Houssem Aouar
- Their initial £32million offer was rejected by Ligue 1 side Lyon earlier this week
- The Gunners will now offer £36.5m with a further £9m in bonuses for the star
Arsenal have been set a Friday deadline to complete the signing of Houssem Aouar by Lyon president Jean-Michel Aulas.
The Gunners are determined to sign the 22-year-old this summer and are set to raise their dismissed £32million offer to £36.5m with a further £9m in bonuses in a hope to secure the creative midfielder, according to football.london.
Aulas is also braced for late bids for forwards Moussa Dembele and Memphis Depay.
Arsenal are preparing a significantly improved second bid for target Houssem Aouar
He told footmercato.net: ‘I’m thinking of proposing it tomorrow (Tuesday) to Rudi (Garcia) and Juninho, sporting director), because it’s understandable.
‘As of Friday, players who have not left will not leave. We don’t need to sell and, for me, it’s very easy to say that.
Aouar, who has made 130 appearances for Lyon, is paramount to Mikel Arteta’s plans as he looks to deploy his team in a 4-3-3 formation this season.
The 22-year-old attacking midfielder will be vital to Mikel Arteta’s 4-3-3 formation this season
Despite rejecting their opening offer, Lyon club president Jean-Michel Aulas suggested that the club would be open to selling Aouar for the right price.
He tweeted: ‘For Houssem Arsenal is too far from his value: we are counting on him to play a great match in Lorient and lead OL in CL next year.’
Aouar has been previously valued at £54m but it is believed the Ligue 1 side will lower their asking price amid the coronavirus pandemic.
Aouar is reportedly keen to depart the Ligue 1 club before the end of the transfer window, meaning any deal must be completed before the deadline on October 5.
Lyon president Jean-Michel Aulas wants any deals to be completed by Friday