Arsenal have reached an agreement with Lyon for the transfer of French midfielder Houssem Aouar, with the 22-year-old midfielder in London and ready to undertake a medical, according to Arsenal Central sources.
Aouar arrived in England this morning and, while the details of Arsenal’s accepted bid are unknown, we understand from a trusted source that pending a medical and the signing of paperwork, the French U21 international will be a Gunner by Friday.
Arsenal’s transfer business is beginning to heat up, with only five days of the transfer window remaining, and a player who looks likely to help fund any incomings is Sead Kolasinac who, according to Sport Bild, is edging closer to a move to Bayer Leverkusen.
Lucas Torreira is another player who looks set to leave the North London club this summer, with a move to Atletico Madrid seeming his most likely destination after interest from Italy began to fade.
In return for the Uruguayan midfielder, Arsenal are continuing to pursue 27-year-old Thomas Partey, who played 19 minutes for Atletico in their 6-1 victory over Granada in their first match of the 2020/21 LaLiga season. However, it is believed the Gunners will need to sell more players to get this deal done, with Sokratis and Matteo Guendouzi amongst the names put on the transfer list.
Arsenal Central reported on Monday that Aouar and his representatives had urged Lyon president Jean-Michel Aulas to reconsider his €60m asking price, and it seems the 71-year-old may have done so.
Mikel Arteta has remained very quiet on incomings during his various interviews, however, the Spaniard will surely be delighted if Arsenal can complete the signing of the Lyon midfielder, with some fans believing Aouar’s arrival could lead to a change in formation, the 4-3-3 which was seen during Arteta’s early stages at the club.
If Aouar’s signing is completed, it would give the Gunners’ midfield a huge boost in quality, one which many believe was desperately needed. However, the Gunners’ transfer business wouldn’t stop there, as a move for Thomas Partey is also still possible. If all goes to plan, I believe this would be the best transfer window I’ve seen Arsenal have.