Houssem Aouar on the verge of joining Arsenal for £54m from Lyon

Houssem Aouar on the verge of joining Arsenal for £54m from Lyon

- Houssem Aouar hs said to have agreed to join Arsenal this window

- The Gunners will have to meet Lyon's £54m demands before securing the Frenchman's signature

- Barcelona and Juventus are also interested in the midfielder but Arteta's side seems more serious

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Arsenal are reportedly close to landing their sixth player this transfer window after reaching an agreement with Lyon over the transfer of their midfielder Houssem Aouar.

The Gunners have already completed the signing of Willian from Chelsea, Flamengo's Pablo Mari, Runar Alex Runarsson from Dijon and two others.

However, it appears Mikel Arteta is not done in the market as reports claim he could secure the services of the French star in the coming days.

SunSport reports that both Juventus and Barcelona have equally shown interest in the player but both are not as serious as the Noth London club.

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The Spanish-born tactician will now have to raise about £54 million to bring the playmaker to the Emirates Stadium.

Houssem Aouar on the verge of joining Arsenal for £54m from Lyon
Houssem Aouar in action for French League giants Lyon. Getty Images
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Aouar is said to be Arteta's number one target but the attacker prefers either the Catalans of Juve as his next destination.

Arsenal reaslied £20 million from the sale of Emiliano Martinez this summer, but that will not be enough for the deal, hence, they still hope to offload Lucas Torreira, Sokratis Papastathopoulos and Sead Kolasinac to fund a move for Aouar.

The Sun revealed that the current FA Cup and Community Shield holders are expected to make another bid for the player in the coming days.

French news outlet Telefoot claims the Emirates Stadium outfit has launched an official offer for the midfielder.

This development came just hours after Lyon president Jean-Michel Aulas doubted Arsenal's capacity to fund the move.

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The 71-year-old administrator insisted that Arteta's side couldn't afford the Frenchman, and he has again echoed similar thoughts.

Speaking to Le Progres via GFFN about Arsenal's pursuit of Aouar, he said: "Financially, Arsenal are like everyone else (in a tricky spot).

Legit.ng earlier reported that Dele Alli is prepared to dump Tottenham following a row with manager Jose Mourinho and former Arsenal star Ray Palour has urged the Gunners to launch a bid for the England star.

The 24-year-old has an uncertain future with Spurs as reports say he recently had a fall out with manager Jose Mourinho.

Alli was branded ‘lazy’ by Mourinho and he was substituted at halftime during their Premier League home loss to Everton in their Premier League season opener.

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