According to Italian transfer guru Fabrizio Romano, Arsenal are not interested in signing Houssem Aouar from Lyon before tonight’s 11pm deadline.
The 23-year-old attacking midfielder nearly signed for the north London club on deadline day last summer but both teams failed to come to an agreement over his fee.
However, after Mikel Arteta’s side endured a miserable season that saw them ended eighth on league standings, they eager to strengthen their attacking options before start of the season.
The Gunners have already brought Martin Odegaard to fill No. 10 role but it’s understood that, additional of Aouar, who available for just £21.5m could help Mikel Arteta’s men challenge for top-four spot this season.
Indeed, Mikel Arteta could probably do with another midfielder in his engine room, particularly someone of Aouar’s profile as he’s the sort of box-to-box no.8 that would fit the Spaniard’s system.
The Frenchman is a threat in midfield, having provided 18 goals and 14 assists across the previous two seasons, on top of an average of two key passes and a 86.8% passing accuracy in 2020/21.
His ability to play the role is bolstered by a lofty comparison to Andres Iniesta, which goes to show exactly the sort of player the Gunners would be getting.
However, according to Italian transfer guru Fabrizio Romano: ‘Arsenal are not interested in signing Houssem Aouar in these final hours. There are currently no talks with OL for Aouar.
‘Arsenal are only focused on Tomiyasu deal to be announced [medical today] & outgoings, as Bellerin to Real Betis still to be resolved.’