Arsenal are reportedly set to complete a number deals, both on the offloads and on the signing, with Emi Martinez’s departure having already been confirmed. Here’s a pick of the most exciting headlines.
Arsenal set to meet Aouar asking price
Arsenal could reportedly be set to complete the signing of Lyon midfielder Houssem Aouar in the next few days.
The talented 22-year-old has been strongly linked with Arsenal by L’Equipe, as translated by Get French Football News, and it may be that they’re now stepping up their interest.
According to Don Balon, the Gunners have decided to make an offer to meet Lyon’s £60million asking price for Aouar, and that a deal could be days away from completion.
As previously noted by GFFN, it seems other potential suitors for Aouar have not yet firmed up their interest in the France Under-21 international.
This could put Arsenal in a strong position, and fans will hope Don Balon’s report is accurate.
Aouar has looked potentially world class with his form in Ligue 1 and in the Champions League, and it would be some statement by Arsenal if they could win the race for his signature.
Mikel Arteta is putting an exciting team together after lifting the mood at the Emirates Stadium, with Gabriel Magalhaes and Willian looking promising signings this summer.
Aouar, however, would be on another level for the north Londoners and show they’re really back in business as serious top four contenders.
Arsenal’s Edouard issue
Arsenal’s pursuit of Odsonne Edouard is being hindered by the proposed structure of the transfer, according to The Transfer Window podcast.
The Gunners want to pay £20m for the Frenchman in instalments over four years.
Celtic though want a greater upfront payment having dealt with the north Londoners last term over the sale of Kieran Tierney.
Arsenal may have to choose between Partey and Aouar
You have to think they would get a decent fee for the Argentine keeper so that should help them when it comes to making bids, but it sounds like they won’t be able to land Partey AND Aouar.
Presuming both are legitimate options that the club can afford, it would be interesting to see which way Arteta decided to go with this.
Signing the Lyon man would be much more exciting in an attacking sense, but it would still leave them with the same old problem of lacking a proper anchor man to shield the back four.
Partey is more of an all-rounder who will contribute more in the defensive phases, but you wouldn’t back him to the be the man to unlock a tight defence in a narrow game either.
Of course it’s very possible that only one (or neither) will be available so they might only have one choice in the end, but it still looks like the fans can expect one more big signing this summer.
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