Arsenal to make second Aouar move, Arsenal in talks over summer swap deal, Upamecano message sent, Lyon on possible Lacazette deal
Arsenal to make second Aouar move, Upamecano message sent, Lyon on possible Lacazette deal, Arsenal in talks over Draxler-Guendouzi swap in Arsenal roundup
Reports have claimed that Arsenal are set to make a new bid for Lyon’s Houssem Aouar, but will have to pay big money.
Arsenal boss Mikel Arteta may have have a decent transfer window as boss, but this Gunners side are still a few players away from becoming certain Champions League challengers next season, and another midfielder is needed.
Arteta knows that he needs to add something different to the squad, add a bit more creativity and goals to the attack, and he has been eyeing up a deal for Aouar all season after the Frenchman impressed last season.
Arsenal have already made their opening offer to try and sign Aouar, but had a £31.2m PLUS player offer turned down by Lyon as the French side are seeking for a fee closer to the £50 million mark.
But despite being outside their budget for the last few weeks of the window, according to Fabrizio Romano, Arsenal are in talks with Aouar’s agent ahead of an improved bid that will only involve hard-cash.
The French side have made it very clear that unless Arsenal meet that £54 million asking price, they are not willing to do any business, and will not accept a player as part of any deal.
RB Leipzig boss Julian Nagelsmann has conceded that defender and Arsenal target Dayot Upamecano could leave the club next summer.
The talented Frenchman made his debut for Les Bleus over the weekend, after a stunning season with RB which led to him becoming one of the most sought after defenders in the game.
Arsenal were heavily linked with a move to try and sign the powerhouse, but his massive price tag and the fact that Arsenal decided to splash the cash to sign Gabriel for £27 million, meant that a move for Upamecano will not happen this summer.
However, despite the many claims that he could still leave for a big club this transfer window, Nagelsmann, 33, refuted claims that Upamecano will depart in the coming weeks but he admitted that the deal could well happen next year.
He told ESPN: “He [Upamecano] will be here for the season. I’m sure about that. As for the future, I’m not sure as he is very talented.
“Lots of clubs will want to buy – next season it could be real that he leaves the club.
“But this season he will stay.”
Paris Saint-Germain have reportedly opened talks to sign Arsenal midfielder Matteo Guendouzi, and are willing to offer Julian Draxler in return.
Guendouzi is very highly-rated at Arsenal but his off-field antics has led to Mikel Arteta no longer wanting him in the squad for next season, and the Spaniard is reportedly keen to get the Frenchman off his books.
And that has led to much report in the media that PSG are ready to swoop in and offer him a way back to his hoe country, although they have not agreed a fee with the Arsenal just yet, which has just caused frustration all-round.
However, L’Equipe report that the French giants have now opened talks with the Arsenal about a deal for Guendouzi, and are reportedly ready to offer Draxler, who has been a long–term target for Arsenal, as part of the deal.
However, the reports also suggests it’s unknown at this stage whether or not the Gunners would be keen on that type of deal, as they would prefer to get hard-cash for Guendouzi this summer.
Sky Sports News reporter Bryan Swanson has backed up the Gunners chances of a deal by admitting that PSG would consider selling Draxler, he told the transfer podcast: “Speaking to a few contacts this afternoon, PSG would consider selling Julian Draxler in this window given his lack of game time last season and his high salary.
“But the latest information that we have is that there haven’t been any formal offers or declarations of interest from any Premier League clubs in relation to Draxler. Clearly, that could well change as we go into the final few weeks of the window.
Lyon have played down the prospect of Arsenal striker Alexandre Lacazette returning to the club this summer.
Despite the fact that Lacazette has been a big part of the Arsenal set-up over the last few seasons, there has been many reports in the media which have suggested that he is a player that the club are looking to cash in on this summer.
Mikel Arteta needs to raise funds in order to get the players he needs over the next few weeks, and knows that he may be able to get around £50 million for Lacazette on the transfer market.
And that has led to reports that he could be heading to Lyon this summer window, as they have reportedly shown an interest, But sporting director Juninho has now opened up about a possible move for the Frenchman.
In an interview with RMC Sport, he said: “In January I called Alexandre Lacazette to chat a bit with him because he was having problems at Arsenal and I said to myself, ‘Why not do a loan for six months with us where you will enjoy yourself, play all the games and score the goals like you know how to? And then you go back to Arsenal or somewhere else’.”
“But from the moment that you start looking at the level of the contract of these players, like with Juventus and Barcelona, it is not possible for us today.
“We have to be honest with the supporters. But if the player is looking for a project, is willing to make an effort maybe with a longer contract, wants to come home, then I will go and get him straight away.”