Arsenal have stepped up their chase for Lyon star Houssem Aouar after making an official bid for the Frenchman, who has agreed to join them, according to reports.
Arsenal have made the midfielder one of their top summer targets and are hopeful of securing the signing of one of the most outstanding players in the Champions League last campaign.
Aouar was part of the Lyon side that eliminated Manchester City out of the Champions League in the summer and Lyon, who are financially stretched amid the pandemic, are ready to cash in on the player.
So far, no team has matched their £54m valuation of the France international but the gunners are testing Lyon’s resolve with a £32m offer.
According to Telefoot Chaine, Aouar has already agreed a deal in principle to move to the Emirates after no offers were made from clubs like Juventus and Barcelona.
And RMC Sport claim that Arsenal are now locked in negotiations with Lyon in a bid to push the transfer over the line.
Lyon president Jean-Michel Aulas is known for his tough negotiation skills so there still remains work for Arsenal to do before the transfer window closes on October 5.
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Aulas is interested in keeping Aouar at the club and he suggested that the gunners do not have enough funds to complete a deal.
‘Financially, Arsenal is like everyone else,’ said the Lyon president in an interview with the daily Le Progrès . ‘Houssem Aouar can say to himself that the best thing would be to stay with us.’