Lyon midfielder Houssem Aouar is keen on leaving the Ligue One side before the transfer window closes, according to reports in the French media.
Both Arsenal and Manchester City, as well as the likes of Juventus and Paris Saint-Germain, are said to be interested in the Frenchman but Lyon are prepared to hold out for €60m (£55m) if they do have to sell the player.
The only club who have made a formal offer for Aouar so far are the Gunners but their bid, which included Matteo Guendouzi in a part-exchange deal, was rejected. Even so, fans on Twitter are excited by the prospect of the 22-year-old moving to the Emirates:
It’s happening 🤝
— SM. (@SmitMehtaAFC) September 10, 2020
Welcome to arsenal
— Mathias Baluku (@mutagobyamb) September 10, 2020
— Daniel Felix (@7_DFelix) September 10, 2020
@LacazetteAlex bring him in
— Moeketsi (@Godschild_mm18) September 10, 2020
He can force a move which would make Lyon take a lower offer than their evaluation
— john zourbanos (@jzourba92) September 10, 2020
We need him
— mzalendo (@dicksonmarco3) September 10, 2020
It's happening folks…
— Andy (@ChidiAndy) September 10, 2020
Arsenal must not hesitate with this guy, or else big clubs with big money will come in for him
— Andre (@Andre43432423) September 10, 2020
Come to the arsenal something special is happening you’ll love arteta
— honor collier (@CollierHonor) September 10, 2020
At the time of writing, Arsenal have not made a second bid for the France Under 21 international and it is thought they are unlikely to do so if they can’t offload some fringe players in order to raise funds.