Lyon have confirmed Aouar talks, Bellerin to fund Partey deal, Coutinho decision made, Arsenal keen to replace Lacazette with Edouard, Stones makes transfer decision

Lyon confirm Aouar talks, Bellerin to fund Partey move, Stones makes decision, Gunners keen on Edouard and Coutinho decision made in Arsenal roundup…

Lyon sporting director Juninho has confirmed he’s held talks with Arsenal over a possible move for Houssem Aouar.

Arsenal boss Mikel Arteta knows that his squad still needs to be improved over the next few weeks of the transfer window, as his side are still lacking goals and creativity in the centre of the pitch.

Arsenal and Arteta are prepared to let Matteo Guendouzi leave after a series of behavioural issues across his two-year stay at the Emirates and the Frenchman was offered to Lyon in a potential player-plus-cash deal for his fellow countryman Aouar.

Aouar is one of the highest-rated youngsters in the game and has been brilliant for the Frenchman this season, so much so, that a number of top clubs have joined Arsenal in the chase to try and get a deal done.

But despite admitting that Arteta is a huge fan of Aouar and that he has held talks with Arsenal, according to Lyon chief Juninho, Guendouzi is the ‘wrong profile’ for the club and Arsenal’s proposal was swiftly rejected.

“I get on very well with Edu (Arsenal technical director), we spoke on the phone,” Lyon chief Juninho told French outlet RMC Sport.

“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.”

Arsenal target Philippe Coutinho will STAY at Barcelona next season, according to his agent Kia Joorabchian.

Coutinho has been in the transfer headlines alot over the past six months as all indications suggested that he was done at Barcelona, that the Spaniards were keen to sell on this transfer window.

However, now that there is a new boss at the Camp Nou, it seems that Coutinho will not be sold, that he does have a future at the club and that he will not be coming back to the Premier League this summer.

When asked if Coutinho was staying at the club, his agent told talkSPORT: “Yeah.

“Koeman called him right after the Champions League victory with Bayern, the following day, and told him he’s very much in his plans and would like him to return. He was due to return on September 7.

“But actually he returned at the beginning of September because he didn’t want to lose his momentum and fitness.

“He’s been training with Barcelona.

“All signs point to the fact Barcelona have changed quite dramatically, the way their philosophy of how they wanted to move forward from last year.

“And the players they’ve brought in, like Coutinho, Dembele and Griezmann they’re all going to be part of the squad this year.”

Arsenal will look to sign Thomas Partey with the money raised if Hector Bellerin is sold to Paris Saint-Germain, it has been claimed.

It is no secret that Arsenal are massive fans of Thomas Partey and have been trying to secure a transfer deal for the powerhouse all summer, but with funds tight at the Emirates, they have so far failed to get the business done.

It is widely believed that Madrid want £43 million for the player, despite the recent rumours that they are resigned to losing Partey after he rejected a contract offer to stay at the club.

However, According to The Athletic, Bellerin could make way in order to fund a move for the Atletico Madrid midfielder.

Paris Saint-Germain have held discussions over the former Barcelona full-back without submitting an official bid, although it is thought the two clubs are well apart in their valuations of the player.

the reports go on to say The Gunners could sell the Spain right-back and use that money to make sure that they wrap up a deal for Partey, as it would hand the club another £27 million towards a possible deal.

Arsenal are reportedly ‘hugely interested’ in signing Celtic striker Odsonne Edouard this summer.

With 65 goals recorded in 128 appearances, Edouard’s exploits for Celtic have attracted plenty of suitors from the Premier League, with Arsenal just one of a number of clubs that are reportedly interested in a deal.

The transfer speculation surrounding the striker means that Celtic have found themselves in a similar position on plenty of occasions in the past, with Moussa Dembele landing a move to Lyon in 2018.

The Gunners have already wrapped up deals for Willian from Chelsea and Gabriel Magalhaes from Lille in the transfer window so far but Arteta wants to add a new striker as speculation mounts over Alexandre Lacazette’s future in north London.

The 29-year-old has become a bit-part player at the Emirates due to the superb form of Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and it appears he could be on his way out, with reports that he could be on his way to La Liga with Atletico Madrid

And according to the Daily Record, Edouard is top of Arsenal’s wishlist should Lacazette leave the club over the next few months.

John Stones plans to stay at Manchester City and fight for his place next season despite interest from several Premier League clubs.

Manchester City boss Pep Guardiola has one of the best squads in the game right now and decided to splash the cash and take the brilliant Nathan Ake to the club for £40 million.

And that has led to some speculation in the media suggesting that he will need to offload a defender this transfer window to make room for a possible signing, with Stones one player tipped to leave the club.

A relatively inexperienced Mikel Arteta has offered cause for optimism through the early months of his reign, but is considered to have a sizeable rebuilding job on his hands, and there was talk of a move for Stones before he completed a deal for Gabriel.

Now after seeing the interest from Arsenal pretty much disappear, according to The Telegraph, Stones has no intention of leaving City and believes he can win back the trust of boss Pep Guardiola.

Look, for that £20 million that he is reportedly going for, it could have been a good risk for Arsenal to make a move, but now that they have signed Gabriel, who is very highly-rated across Europe, there was no need to make a move for Stones.

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