By Mike Parrott
Arsenal are ready to fight it out and bring in Mikel Arteta's 'dream signing' in the form of Houssem Aouar from Lyon. However, the French club are demanding €60 million from Arsenal.
Arsenal's transfer window can be described as very good overall.
Bringing in a top prospect in the form of Gabriel from Lille, Dani Ceballos returning on loan, signing Willian on a free and Emiliano Martinez being sold for €20 million, the North London club have been shrewd.
However, Mikel Arteta wants one more player who he believes will propel the team higher up the Premier League table.
Houssem Aouar from Lyon has been targeted by Arsenal for many months now. The French playmaker is seen by Arteta as his 'dream signing' with his ability to create from midfield and reduce the needs of Alexandre Lacazette and Willian to drop deeper.
Houssem Aouar would like to join Arsenal this summer and he is their top target [@FabrizioRomano] pic.twitter.com/BHzJzBATXm
- AFTV (@AFTVMedia) September 17, 2020
Telefoot Chaine are claiming that a 'concrete offer' will be submitted soon by Arsenal of around £36.5m, or €40 million. However, this fee will still be too low with Lyon president Jean-Michel Aulas demanding €60 million for Aouar.
With there still being a €20 million gap in valuation, Arsenal are quickly trying to sell off players to make up the price. With Martinez leaving for €20 million, Lucas Torreira is also on his way out to Torino for a deal that will equal up to £25 million.
Journalist Julien Laurens reported:
20 days remain in the transfer market :hourglass_flowing_sand::hourglass:
Ceballos Loan :white_check_mark:
Auba Extension :white_check_mark:
Partey :hourglass_flowing_sand: pic.twitter.com/QKzvJ7a2vr
- Ben (@arsenalrising) September 15, 2020
"I think they still need two midfielders, that's what Mikel Arteta wants," Laurens told ESPN FC.
"If they can get some money by selling first, Emi Martinez has gone to Aston Villa, Lucas Torreira will probably go to Torino as well.
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