Reports in France claims Lyon rejected an offer of £31.4 million plus a player from Arsenal for Houssem Aouar, with the Gunners keen to add the playmaker to their squad this summer.
RMC Sport report Arsenal manager Mikel Arteta is now focusing his efforts on Aouar, who impressed for Lyon in their run to the semi finals of the Champions League last season, having already added Willian to his attacking options this summer. And with the future of current playmaker Mesut Ozil not certain, Aouar seems a perfect replacement for him.
Arsenal, according to reports, lodged an official offer for Aouar, but that offer was rejected immediately, with the Ligue 1 outfit holding firm in their higher valuation of the player.
Aouar has been linked with a number of clubs in the Premier League this summer, with Premier League rival Manchester city also interested in the playmaker, but the Gunners appear to be most steadfast in their interest in the playmaker who scored nine times and assisted 10 times for Lyon last season.