Arsenal transfer roundup as Lyon drop Aouar hint and new target identified

Arsenal’s defeat by Liverpool reminded the Gunners there is still some work to be done to get back towards the top four of the Premier League.

Mikel Arteta’s side had their moments against the champions, but eventually fell to a 3-1 loss after Alexandre Lacazette had opened the scoring in the first half.

Arsenal still have some well-defined targets but are running out of time to get deals for the likes of Houssem Aouar and Thomas Partey over the line.

We have updates on their business, as well as a new name who could yet find his way to north London before 5 October.

Lyon CEO drops hint about Aouar asking price

Arsenal and Lyon are yet to reach an agreement about their respective valuations of Houssem Aouar, with the French club having knocked back an initial bid.

Jean-Michel Aulas, the CEO of the Ligue 1 side, was asked about the future of the France Under-21 international after Aouar featured in Lyon’s draw with Lorient on Sunday night.

Speaking to Canal Plus (as reported by football.london), Aulas described the Gunners’ initial offer as “timid”.

"We felt like either they didn’t consider the fact that this is a player in the French national team. So it was not an offer that was even susceptible to making us consider a sale,” he said.

According to football.london, Arsenal are expected to return with a second bid of £36.5million plus add-ons in an effort to land a man who played a big part in Lyon’s run to the 2019/20 Champions League semi-finals.

Arsenal and Tottenham both making enquiries over Guinea midfielder

While Arsenal continue to weigh up a move for Atletico Madrid midfielder Thomas Partey, reports in Italy are linking them with another midfield prospect.

Guinea international Amadou Diawara was only named as a sub for Roma’s recent Serie A game against Juventus, prompting suggestions he could leave the Italian side for the right price – expected to be significantly less than Partey’s €50million Atleti release clause.

The 23-year-old has only been in Rome for one season, having joined from Napoli, but Il Messagero (via Sport Witness) report that the latest developments have alerted both Arsenal and their north London neighbours Tottenham.

Both clubs have reportedly made contract with the player’s agent, and – while an asking price for the player is unknown – it has been suggested the Gunners may be able to offer Lucas Torreira as part of a deal.

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New signings Willian and Gabriel Magalhaes both hit the ground running against Fulham but Mikel Arteta is still on the lookout for new signings. Lyon midfielder Houssem Aouar and Brentford keeper David Raya are two of the names on their radar.

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Diawara played 22 games for Roma last season, scoring once, and made several Europa League appearances.

Lyon prepare bid for Aouar replacement

Lyon appear to be readying themselves for Houssem Aouar moving to Arsenal, putting together a £16.3million offer for a player who they see as the Frenchman’s replacement.

That man is Lucas Paqueta, the Brazilian midfielder who has dropped down the pecking order at AC Milan over the last few months.

According to L’Equipe, Lyon are ready to offer £16.3m for the former Flamengo man, who hasn’t started for Milan since 12 July.

It would mark a significant financial loss for Milan, who paid roughly double that to bring him over from Brazil in January 2019.

However, the Serie A side are well stocked in midfield, with Sandro Tonali joining the likes of Ismael Bennacer, Franck Kessie and Hakan Calhanoglu ahead of the 2020/21 season.

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