Houssem Aouar makes major decision on his future after Lyon confirm Arsenal talks

Arsenal transfer target Houssem Aouar looks on in Lyon training
Arsenal transfer target Houssem Aouar is determined to leave Lyon (Picture: Getty)

Arsenal have been handed a major boost in their pursuit of Houssem Aouar, with the midfielder reportedly adamant he wants to leave Lyon this summer.

Aouar played a starring role as Lyon reached the Champions League semi-finals last season and the 22-year-old’s outstanding performances have made him a target for several top European clubs.

Manchester City, Juventus and Paris Saint-Germain are all admirers of Aouar but are yet to open discussions over a possible deal. However, Lyon sporting director Juninho confirmed last week that Arsenal were in talks to land the Frenchman.

Houssem Aouar celebrates Lyon's Champions League win over Manchester City
Lyon confirmed that Arsenal had held talks for the Frenchman (Picture: Getty)

The Gunners offered Matteo Guendouzi to Lyon in a potential player-plus-cash agreement for Aouar but the proposal was swiftly rejected.

‘I get on very well with Edu (Arsenal technical director), we spoke on the phone,’ Juninho told RMC Sport earlier this week.

‘Aouar is really appreciated by Mikel Arteta.

‘Guendouzi was discussed during the call, he is a great player, but he is the wrong profile.

‘We are not interested in that at all, we cut the conversation.’

Mikel Arteta pictured at Arsenal's first team photocall
Lyon chief Juninho claims Arteta ‘really appreciates’ Aouar (Picture: Getty)

According to L’Equipe, Aouar has decided he’s keen for a fresh challenge and is determined to find a new club before the transfer deadline.

It’s claimed Lyon are resigned to the fact they may end up selling their prized possession this summer.

However, the Ligue 1 outfit realise they are in a strong position, with Aouar tied into a contract until 2023, and are demanding a fee of €60 million (£55m) from interested sides.

Aouar runs with the ball against Bayern Munich
The midfielder played a starring role as Lyon reached the Champions League semi-finals (Picture: Getty)

Rio Ferdinand picked Aouar out as a possible threat to Bayern Munich’s hopes and likened the midfielder to Samir Nasri after his sublime showing in Lyon’s quarter-final victory over Manchester City.

‘He provides the creativity in this team,’ the ex-Manchester United and England defender said on BT Sport.

‘A kid so young but he’s relied upon so much. That shows the belief they’ve got in him and the belief he has in himself.

‘You see his imagination and the pictures he creates and sees on the pitch, the vision and the tactical awareness. The confidence is what exudes out of this boy.

‘He’s a fabulous player to watch. He drives past people and then it’s about decision-making and the timing of the pass. He has it all.

‘He reminds me of Samir Nasri at times. He’s someone who can be a top player at one of the top clubs in Europe.’

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