26 September 2020 16:32
Lyon chief Jean-Michel Aulas claims Arsenal are nowhere near offering enough to sign midfielder Houssem Aouar. Reports on Friday claimed Aouar had agreed to join Arsenal this summer and that the Gunners had submitted an offer of just under £32million for the 22-year-old. However, Lyon president Aulas has tweeted that he expects Aouar to play against Lorient on Sunday and be a part of the club's squad this season. Responding to an article claiming Aouar had chosen to join Arsenal, Aulas wrote off his personal Twitter account: "@OL there will be very few departures: for Houssem Arsenal is much too far from his value: we count on him to make a big game in Lorient and lead OL in CL next year." It is not the first time Aulas has spoken about Arsenal's interest in Aouar. Arsenal have had their opening bid for Houssem Aouar rejected by Lyon.
President Jean-Michel Aulas has claimed the Gunners will have to pay a lot more if they're serious about signing the Frenchman. He tweeted in response to reports of the £32million bid: "For Houssem, Arsenal is too far from his value: we are counting on him to play a great match in Lorient and lead OL in CL next year." Arsenal are expected to up their offer too, given that several fringe players look set to leave the club. JUST IN: Arsenal 'love' Juventus star and made transfer bid before Hector Bellerin swap deal offer Should Arsenal cough up enough cash to entice Lyon into selling Aouar, his arrival in north London could push three players closer to the exit door. Yet despite that, he found himself on the bench for the 2-1 win against West Ham. Something Arteta felt guilty about: "Mo [Elneny] he deserved to play again today but I wanted to rotate," he said after the 2-1 win over the Hammers. "It was a game that we had to attack their smaller spaces and the way they defend, to create situations with Dani [Ceballos] in there.
Reports emerged on Friday evening that he had agreed terms with Arsenal over a transfer - but Lyon president Jean-Michel Aulas has denied the claims. Aulas revealed Arsenal had made a bid for a player, but confessed it was far short of Lyon's valuation. "At Lyon there will be very few departures: for Houssem, Arsenal is much too far from his value," he stated on Twitter. "We count on him to make a big game in Lorient and lead OL in Champions League next year." Image Credit: PA Last week also saw Aulas state Arsenal do not have the finances to sign Aouar this summer. "Financially, Arsenal are like everyone else [in a tricky spot,]" the 71-year-old said.
Aulas added that he expects Aouar to remain a Lyon player for the foreseeable future, feature against Lorient on Sunday, and be a part of the squad all season. Aulas took to Twitter on Saturday morning to set the story straight: "At Lyon there will be very few departures: for Houssem, Arsenal is much too far from his value: we count on him to make a big game in Lorient and lead OL in Champions League next year." It has been a hectic and unique transfer window so far - so make sure you don't miss a single thing by signing up for the brilliant new Mirror Football newsletter! This isn't the first time Aulas has spoken out about Arsenal's interest in Aouar this month. Just last week the Lyon chief suggested the Gunners do not have the financial muscle to get the transfer over the line. (Image: REUTERS) Arsenal manager Mikel Arteta is keen to sign an attacking midfield player and Aouar is the first name on his transfer wishlist. Other players the Gunners have been linked with this summer include Atletico Madrid's Thomas Partey and Barcelona's Philippe Coutinho. * Sign up to the Mirror Football email here for the latest news and transfer gossip. On Friday night, it was reported that Lyon's Houssem Aouar had agreed to join Arsenal. According to Telefood Chaine, the Gunners were set to submit an offer in excess of £35 million for the 22-year-old with personal terms agreed. The north London club have been trying to offload the likes of Lucas Torreira and Mateo Guendouzi in order to raise some transfer funds. But if you missed that, then a video is doing the rounds on social media that shows 'why Arsenal want to sign Houssem Aouar.' The signing of Aouar will certainly provide that and Arsenal fans should be praying they get this deal over the line.