Lyon accept €27million bid for former Arsenal star

Lyon have accepted a €27million offer from Hertha Berlin for former Arsenal midfielder Jeff Reine-Adelaide.

The 22-year-old joined last season’s Champions League semi finalists last summer having resurrected an injury ravaged career during his solitary season at Angers.

Reine-Adelaide made just 14 Ligue 1 appearances for Lyon last term, however, and had been keen to move on again in search of regular first team football.

Rennes had been in contention to sign the elegant midfielder whose burgeoning Arsenal career was effectively ended by a cruciate knee ligament injury but the French club were unwilling to to offer more than the €24m plus €1m in bonuses.

Hertha have now agreed personal terms with the France Under-21 international who is expected to complete his move to Germany before next week’s deadline, according to BILD.

Lyon, meanwhile, are continuing to fend off interest from Arsenal in their captain and prize asset Houssem Aouar. Mikel Arteta has identified the 22-year-old as the ideal player around whom he can build a new-look midfield.

Lyon President Jean-Michel Aulas said earlier this week, however, that Arsenal’s latest bid was rejected because it was ‘timid’ and did not reflect the midfielder’s quality.

The Gunners have had two bids turned down for the player, with the latest believed to be in the region of £32million. Lyon were seeking around £55m for the Frenchman at the start of the transfer window but the Ligue 1 club are said to have lowered that asking price and would accept closer to £46m.

Asked about the nature of Arsenal’s bid and why it was rejected, Aulas said: ‘There was a timid offer. 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.’

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