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Arsenal And Spurs In Transfer War Over Lyon Midfielder Houssem Aouar

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Arsenal And Spurs In Transfer War Over Lyon Midfielder Houssem Aouar

Bitter north London rivals Arsenal and Tottenham Hotspur are set to go to war over the signature of Lyon playmaker Houssem Aouar during this summer's transfer window, according to reports.

As a result of their lowest league finish in 25 years - with no European football to play next season - Gunners boss Mikel Arteta has reportedly been told that he has £250m to use in a huge transfer rebuild for the club.

One of the players on his radar is believed to be French midfielder Aouar and, with his Lyon deal due to expire in 2023, a cut-price transfer to the Emirates Stadium has been mooted.

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Arsenal and Tottenham Hotspur are both reportedly interested in signing the France international
Arsenal and Tottenham Hotspur are both reportedly interested in signing the France international

The acquisition of Aouar will, almost certainly, bolster Arteta's midfield, especially with Matteo Guendouzi set for a move to Marseille on loan and Granit Xhaka potentially joining Jose Mourinho's Roma.

But despite being heavily linked with the Lyon talisman for the last couple of seasons, they could now be set to miss out on the midfielder.

The Gunners reportedly failed to meet Lyon's £55.5m asking price for the 23-year-old in last year's summer transfer window, but Lyon have since lowered his price tag to just £25m this time around.

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Now, according to French media outlet Le10Sport, the north London outfit have made an opening bid of £17m - opening the door for their neighbours Spurs to make their move, too.

Ahead of Nuno Espirito Santo's first full season in charge, Spurs will be looking to bolster their midfield options and Aouar will be, without a doubt, a player that fits just that bill.

Spurs are also reportedly happy to pay Lyon's asking price of £25m, blowing Arsenal's £17m bid out of the water and hijacking their arch rivals' deal in the process.

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With European football on the horizon for Spurs this season, could they pip their loathed rivals at the line and secure Aouar's sought-after signature? Only time will tell.

Topics: Houssem Aouar, Tottenham Hotspur, Arsenal

Robert Mann
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