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Arsenal prepare second bid for top target Houssem Aouar worth £36.5m plus £9m in add-ons
Arsenal are reportedly already preparing a significantly improved bid for their primary target Houssem Aouar after Ligue 1 side rejected their initial offer earlier this week.
The Gunners are determined to land the 22-year-old midfielder this summer and are set to raise their dismissed £32million offer to £36.5m with a further £9m in bonuses in a hope to secure the creative midfielder, according to football.london.
The Frenchman, who has made 131 appearances for Lyon, is paramount to Mikel Arteta’s plans as he looks to deploy his team in a 4-3-3 formation this season.
Despite rejecting their opening offer, Lyon club president Jean-Michel Aulas suggested that the club would be open to selling Houssem Aouar Gfor the right price.
He tweeted: ‘For Houssem Arsenal is too far from his value: we are counting on him to play a great match in Lorient and lead OL in CL next year.’
Arsenal remains talks with Atletico Madrid over Thomas Partey
Arsenal are talks with Atletico Madrid over Thomas Partey as Mikel Arteta’s side looks to snap up the defensive midfielder before transfer window closes on October 5.
Partey has established himself as one of the best holding midfielder in Europe after stellar displays for Atletico in recent seasons, and Arsenal have already seen two bids reportedly rejected by the La Liga side.
The LaLiga club insisted that the midfielder will only leave should his £45million release clause be met, but reports claim Arsenal are attempting to negotiate a lower fee, with talks continuing to take place.
Arsenal have six players up for sale to fund Thomas Partey and Houssem Aouar deal
Arsenal are actively trying to sell six of their first team players as they desperately attempt to raise funds for Thomas Partey and Houssem Aouar before the October 5 transfer deadline.
Mikel Arteta has highlighted his midfield as the weakest area of his squad and he is working hard to fix it before transfer shutdown.
Lyon attacking midfielder Houssem Aouar is the Spaniard’s top target but has been valued at £55million while Atletico Madrid star Thomas Partey, who has a £45million release clause is also a priority.
Gunners are preparing a second bid for the 22-year-old but he is still expected to be part of the squad which faces Lorient this afternoon.
Goalkeeper Emiliano Martinez was sold to Aston Villa earlier this month which added £20m to the Gunners’ transfer kitty.
And according to The Football London claims, Mesut Ozil, Sead Kolasinac, Shkodran Mustafi, Sokratis Papastathopoulos, Matteo Guendouzi have also been told to find a new club.
The sixth player Gunners want to sell is midfielder Lucas Torreira, with Atletico Madrid keen on a loan deal.
Kieran Tierney returns to full training
Kieran Tierney has returned to full training ahead of the Premier League match against Liverpool on Monday night.
The Scotland international was withdrawn from the Gunners’ starting XI ahead of the 2-1 win against West Ham last week after suffering an injury in the warm-up, with Sead Kolasinac taking his place.
The 23-year-old also missed out on his side’s 2-0 Carabao Cupthird round victory at Leicester on Wednesday night but he could be back in action for the Gunners when they take on reigning champions Liverpool on Monday evening.
Emile Smith Rowe – full training within the next week.
Sokratis – integrated back into full training in the coming days.
Cedric Soares – integrated back into full training in the coming days.