Arsenal ‘launch Houssem Aouar bid’ as Lyon confirm transfer talks over £54m-rated midfielder

ARSENAL have reportedly launched their bid for Lyon star Houssem Aouar.

Gunners boss Mikel Arteta is desperately trying to raise cash in order to bring the £54million-rated playmaker to the Emirates.

Arsenal are still chasing a deal for Lyon star Houssem AouarCredit: Getty Images – Getty

Aouar, 22, is said to be the Spaniard’s number one transfer target before next month’s deadline.

Arsenal have managed to flog Emiliano Martinez to Aston Villa for £20million.

But the FA Cup holders still want to offload Lucas Torreira, Sokratis Papastathopoulos and Sead Kolasinac to fund a move for the Frenchman.

SunSport reported earlier this week how Arsenal are doing everything they can to secure Aouar’s services, with a new bid expected shortly.

And according to French outlet Telefoot, the north Londoners have now officially submitted an offer for the midfielder.

The report comes just hours after Lyon president Jean-Michel Aulas expressed doubt whether Arsenal would have the funds to sign Aouar.

Aulas, 71, stressed last week 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).

“And Houssem could say to himself that the best thing would be to stay with us.”

Arsenal’s bid may mean the club have chosen to prioritise a move for Aouar over landing Atletico Madrid’s Thomas Partey.

Partey, 27, was the first to be linked, yet in recent weeks, Lyon captain Aouar appears to have become the main man.

Houssem Aouar shows off his ball control in Lyon football training

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