Olympique Lyon have accepted that Houssem Aouar could be on his way out of the club following their Champions League exit at the hands of Bayern Munich on Wednesday, according to L’Equpie, and the only offer so far has come from Arsenal.
Lyon finished the 2019/20 Ligue 1 campaign in seventh place, which means they won’t be playing in either European competition next season. Despite coming in eighth in the Premier League, Arsenal managed to avoid that fate in the last possible moment by lifting the FA Cup.
The Gunners still don’t know if they’ll be able to count on Dani Ceballos next season as his parent club Real Madrid work on reorganizing their team without any summer signings. Aouar would certainly ease that worry to a large extent. The creative midfielder was a major driving force in Lyon’s Champions League charge to the semifinals. In all competitions in 2019/20, he made a total of 43 appearances for the French club, scoring nine times in addition to 10 assists.
Apparently, Lyon had valued Aouar at €40 million, but they feel his stock has risen through recent exploits in UEFA’s elite competition and are now hoping to get closer to €60m. Meanwhile, Arsenal have offered Matteo Guendouzi in exchange, as well as a certain amount of money.
Guendouzi has been completely out of Mikel Arteta’s plans ever since his unprofessional outburst after the match against Brighton and Hove Albion and the subsequent meeting which involved technical director Edu.
Speaking of Edu, he is the man conducting the Aouar discussions with Lyon, communicating directly with their sporting director Juninho Pernambucano.
Elsewhere, Napoli have reportedly stepped up their efforts to snatch the deal for Lille defender Gabriel Magalhaes from Arsenal’s hands with a late but very lucrative contract offer for the player. Lille president Gerard Lopez has been quoted in saying that both Arsenal and Napoli are of high interest to Gabriel, and the 22-year-old is expected to make his decision very soon.