Arsenal are reluctant to meet Aouar asking price, claims Lyon president
Lyon president Jean-Michel Aulas has claimed that Arsenal are reluctant to meet the club's valuation of Houssem Aouar.
The 22-year-old played a key role in Lyon's run to the Champions League semi-finals last season, and is now being tipped to take the next step in his fledgeling career.
Arsenal has been mooted as the most likely next destination for Aouar, and Lyon sporting director Juninho has confirmed the Premier League club's interest in theFrance international.
“Houssem Aouar is really well liked by Mikel Arteta,”Juninhosaid earlier this month.
Although Artetahas remained coy on speculationlinking the midfielder with a switch to Emirates Stadium, the Spanish head coachhas admittedhe is still looking to bring in extra reinforcements before the transfer window slams shut.
Willian, Gabriel Magalhaes and Dani Ceballos(loan) have all joined Arsenalthis summer, but it has been suggested that more signings will be needed for the club to break back into the Premier League's top four.
Lyon are reportedly holding out for a fee within the region of £44 million ($57m) for Aouar, which Aulassays the Gunners are unlikely to match in the coming weeks.
"It seems that Arsenal don't want to, or can't invest the price for Houssem, who is our best player."
The Frenchman will be eligible to feature once again when Rudi Garcia's side take in a trip to Lorient next Sunday, before preparations begin for a huge clash against Marseille at the start of October.
Arsenal, meanwhile, are due back in Premier League action on Saturday night, with West Ham set to arrive at the Emirates.
Source : goal.com
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