Sport Lyon president Aulas claims Arsenal reluctant to meet Aouar's price
Houssem Aouar wants move to Arsenal
Arsenal enjoyed a positive start to the season winning 3-0 against newly-promoted Fulham, but Mikel Arteta is still looking to add more players to his squad for the season with Houssem Aouar seemingly his top target. The Gunners have been in talks with Aouar’s agent in the last few days and are confident that they can agree on personal terms with ease as the player has expressed his interest in joining the club. However, an agreement between Lyon and Arsenal has not been met at this time. Arsenal have offered a fee of around £36 million for the French playmaker but that bid was rejected, however, the club are now lining up a new offer for the 22-year-old.
Lyon president Jean-Michel Aulas has claimed Arsenal are unwilling or unable to meet their valuation of Houssem Aouar.
The French midfielder played a pivotal role in Lyon's run to the Champions League semi-finals last season and has attracted heavy interest from Mikel Arteta and the Gunners as a result.
But with the 22-year-old now one of the hottest properties in Europe, Lyon are said to be holding out for a fee within the region of £44million, which Aulas says the Gunners are unlikely to match before the close of the transfer window.
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The Gunners face competition from Barcelona and Juventus for the talented 22-year-old.The 22-year-old impressed for Rudi Garcia's side last season as they reached the Champions League semi-final, and is being followed by some of Europe's biggest clubs.
Asked by journalist Chris Wheatley if the Lyon star would make a move to north London before October 6,: 'No I don't think so, no offer yet.
'It seems that Arsenal don't want to, or can't invest the price for Houssem, who is our best player.'
Aulas' comments come a week after Lyon's sporting director Juninho admitted Arsenal technical director Edu had spoken to him about Aouar.
The former Brazil international publicly declared the Premier League side's interest in the midfielder and said the possibility of including Matteo Guendouzi in a swap was discussed by ultimately rejected.
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© Provided by Sofoot The king of Twitter is back. Faced with the many rumors sending Houssem Aouar to Arsenal, Jean-Michel Aulas wanted to make a point. If the president of Olympique Lyonnais confirmed that an offer had been sent by Arsenal, he denied any form of agreement by reaffirming his confidence in the Lyon midfielder. Aulas: "Memphis? I made him a proposal that cannot be refused " Via his Twitter account, he accepts responsibility for the Gunners : " There will be very few starts.
'Houssem Aouar is really well liked by Arteta,' said Juninho.
'There were some discussions for Guendouzi, who is also a good player. He was brought up during the discussion.
'But we don't need his profile, we were very clear. If it is like that, we are not interested at all, we cut the conversation, that is where things ended.'
Arteta himself has refused to comment on constant speculation about his side's interest in Aouar and Atletico Madrid midfielder Thomas Partey.
But following the club's hard-fought 2-1 victory against West Ham, Arteta admitted he is still looking to add to his squad before the transfer window slams shut.
'Depending on what happens with some other players, we are open to discussions,' Arteta said.
Lyon chief warns Arsenal their Houssem Aouar bid was 'way off'
Arsenal have been warned they will have to substantially increase their £30m offer for Lyon midfield maestro Houssem Aouar if they are to sign him in this transfer window.Aouar is valued at £54m and Lyon president Jean-Michel Aulas said: 'There will be very few departures, Arsenal are way too far away from his value.
'The market can surprise us. [Teams] can come for any of our players in different positions and we have to react, like it happened with Emi [Martinez]. So let's see what happens.'
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Jean-Michel Aulas was asked about Houssem Aouar following Lyon's signing of Lucas Paqueta on Wednesday."Man City v Leicester: Premier League match preview"