Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang is sending a message to Arsenal target Houssem that he’ll be welcomed at the club. Here are the headlines today
Auba issues Aouar plea to Arsenal
Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang is hopeful Lyon star Houssem Aouar completes a transfer to Arsenal before deadline day after hailing the midfielder’s talents.
The 22-year-old has been heavily linked with a switch to The Emirates but a deal still appears to be some way off.
Arsenal lodged a bid of around £32million for Aouar last week but it was rejected by Lyon as it falls well short of their £55m valuation of the player.
The Gunners are still in the market for a midfielder having already failed with bids for Atletico Madrid’s Thomas Partey, while Chelsea’s Jorginho is also an option, but Aubameyang has now given his verdict on Lyon star Aouar.
“He’s a very good player,” Aubameyang said. “I hope we will be lucky to have these types of players at the club, I’m sure he can bring a lot to us.
“I hope he will come even though he’s a Lyonnais.”.
Jorginho an alternative option
With any move for Partey reportedly depending on Arsenal’s ability to activate his £45million release clause, even with Atletico Madrid’s interest in Lucas Torreira, the Gunners may be forced to turn to alternative options in the defensive midfield position.
And Sky Sports reports that Jorginho could be a possible target. The Italian international, who has captained Chelsea in the last two fixtures, could be deemed surplus to requirements under Frank Lampard should Declan Rice arrive from West Ham United.
Lampard has spent lavishly, bringing in a whole host of attacking players, such as Kai Havertz and Timo Werner. With N’Golo Kante likely dropping deeper as a result, Jorginho could become available.
Arteta was an assistant coach at Manchester City when Pep Guardiola chased Jorginho, before the Italian international signed for Chelsea.