Arsenal in pole position to sign €50m-rated French playmaker

The London giants sales could be crucial to landing main transfer target Houssem Aouar as Lyon stick to their guns over his asking price. This is the latest on the Houssem transfer saga as it seems like Arsenal must raise funds from letting Mesut Ozil and Lucas Torreira go this summer if they are to land Les Gones classy playmaker.

France international has been a top performer for Ligue 1 giants and it’s not surprising they want big money to let him go, with he’s likely to cost around £60m. Gunners would do well to get Houssem in this summer, but it looks pretty clear that it’s currently a hugely ambitious agreement for them.

Arsenal are not known for their big spending, so may have to find buyers for Mesut Ozil and Lucas Torreira before they can realistically think about landing Aouar. Gunners supporters will hope their club can succeed in offloading these two unwanted footballers, with neither Ozil nor Torreira looking likely to be regulars in Arsenal any time soon.

Former Germany international has looked past his best for some time now, while the 24-year-old midfielder simply hasn’t seemed to settle in England. The 22-year-old midfielder would be a major upgrade in the middle of the park and would follow other smart signings in the form of Willian and Gabriel Magalhaes.

If the French playmaker knows he’s got a big move and a pay rise at stake then he will want to move, so it will be interesting to see if that offer of €45m proves to be enough. Houssem Aouar could form a fantastic partnership with Dani Ceballos in the midfield.