Report: Arsenal made move for Lyon midfielder Houssem Aouar

Arsenal, Manchester City and Juventus all interested in signing Lyon attacking midfielder Houssem Aouar this summer, according to reports in France.

Aouar, 22, is graduate of the Lyon academy and made his debut for the club in 2017. He has scored 24 goals and registered 24 assists in 134 appearances for the club.

His impressed in Ligue 1 this season caught the eye of Manchester City boss Pep Guardiola, who adores the player, according to L’Equipe.

However, after Manchester City secured the services of Ferran Torres from Valencia, they are unlikely to continue their pursuit of Aouar this summer, leaving only Arsenal and Juventus in race to sign the 22-year-old playmaker, who scored nine goals and contributed seven assists in 38 appearances across all competitions for Lyon this season.

Lyon expect to receive £54million for the one of the most exciting prospect midfield in Europe but that may prove to be a difficult task for them due to the financial implications caused by the coronavirus pandemic.

All the sides hoping to snap him up, with wait until the Uefa Champions League is over to know more about how they want to recruit for the following season.

Arsenal, meanwhile, plan on rebuilding their midfield options ahead of next campaign and Aouar, who is under contract at the Ligue 1 side until 2023 would be a fantastic addition in the middle of the park.

The north London outfit are looking to sell Matteo Guendouzi this summer and ready to listen to offer for Lucas Torreira, who is reportedly wanted by AC Milan and Florentina. In addition to Aouar, they are interested in extending Dani Ceballos loan deal and signing of Atletico Madrid midfielder Thomas Partey.

Mikel Arteta’s side also interested in signing Barcelona outcast Philippe Coutinho while Chelsea winger Willian is reportedly agreed to pen three-year contract with north London club.

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