According to sources close to Arsenal Central, the Gunners have submitted a £44.4m offer to Lyon for midfielder Houssem Aouar, with the 22-year-old having already agreed personal terms at the North London club.
The offer was made to Lyon this morning and, while the payment structure of the bid has not been confirmed to us, we understand that the Frenchman will earn £100,000 per week on a 5-year-deal at Arsenal, including an automatic 1-year extension if the final 12 months of the contract are entered.
Aouar will earn £15,000 for every goal or assist he gets and, while there are bonuses for winning silverware, the biggest is £125,000 for getting into the top four this season. There are also further bonuses for making 50, 100, 200 and 300 appearances for the Gunners.
Arsenal Central reported on Wednesday that Mikel Arteta’s side is ready to step up and pay the cash required for Houssem Aouar and Thomas Partey, provided they generated enough money from player sales, and it seems the Gunners have taken their first big step to secure their major money signings.
This offer is believed to be what was claimed by Telefoot-Chaine on September 16, when they reported that Arsenal were preparing a bid of more than €40m for Aouar, and the Gunners’ latest bid is expected to give Lyon a hard decision to make.
If the bid is accepted, it would see Aouar become the Gunners’ fourth most expensive signing in their history, and the 22-year-old’s decision to sign on a long-term contract is a sign of dedication that will make Arsenal fans love the Frenchman before he’s even kicked a ball.
Once the signing of Aouar is completed, the attention will turn towards Thomas Partey of Atletico Madrid, with the Gunners in a long-term pursuit of the Ghanaian midfielder.
However, as things stand, the Spanish side is still demanding Arsenal pay his €50m release clause.
With the transfer window closing in 10 days, Arsenal are running against the clock slightly to get their business done, however, this will be deemed as a big step in the right direction from the Gunners.