The French international was reportedly Mikel Arteta‘s top priority during the summer transfer window. Edu Gaspar was in constant discourse with Lyon sporting director Juninho Pernambucano whilst the Arsenal boss managed to convince Aouar to make the switch.
Ultimately the transfer did not go through as the two clubs failed to come to an agreement regarding a fee for the midfielder. According to L’equipe, Edu preferred breaking the bank on Thomas Partey rather than giving into Lyon’s demands. This show’s the Brazilian’s word carries more weight than Arteta’s, especially when big money is involved.
The Ligue 1 outfit’s general manager Vincent Ponsot revealed that there were two other clubs looking to sign the Frenchman and the Gunners happened to fall short on their valuation.
“We had three big clubs for him. The first one was more for next season,” Ponsot told L’equipe.
“The second one was related to the departure of a player, and with this club, we could have come to an agreement. The third club was Arsenal, who offered below the market value.
“We discussed it with the player’s entourage, and together we took the decision to say no.”
Nevertheless, the deadline day arrival of Partey was enough to satisfy the Gooners for now.
However, the Londoners may have another chance at signing Aouar as the Lyon GM reveals that they will look to offload the playmaker during the January transfer window. The decision comes as a result of the club struggling financially and failing to offload any significant players during the summer.
“But in the medium term, if Mediapro doesn’t pay & the Covid continues, it will be the same,” he continued.
According to Sports Witness, that last statement suggests that should the situation continue as it is, Lyon will again be looking to sell Aouar in January.
Clubs in France are struggling financially and will be looking to offload players in order to balance their books. Arteta’s side will not have a better opportunity to land their target.
It is quite obvious that the Emirates outfit are struggling in the department of creativity. The banishing of Mesut Ozil seems like something that won’t be reversed and the rest of wingers and midfielders are not natural playmakers. This is the area the French midfielder will slot in as a solution.
Although the French side may hold on to their relatively huge valuation, there is an off chance the English giants may be able to prize Aouar away for a lesser amount should no other club compete for his signature. It seems very unlikely that Lyon will keep him beyond the next transfer window, considering their financial situation.
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