Houssem Aouar to Arsenal links intensify with Mikel Arteta ‘in love’ with Lyon star

Houssem Aouar to Arsenal links intensify with Mikel Arteta ‘in love’ with Lyon star

As confirmed by transfer expert Fabrizio Romano, Arsenal are expressing a keen interest in the signature of Olympique Lyonnais standout Houssem Aouar.

Lyon prodigy

Aouar, a gifted 22-year-old midfielder, has been on the books of Lyon since 2009.

After breaking into the first-team ranks of the Ligue 1 giants for the first time at the beginning of 2017, the Lyon native has since gone on to establish himself as one of the most highly-regarded young talents in French football.

Aouar is regularly lauded for his technical ability and creative flair, and has already been likened to Barcelona legend Andres Iniesta during his fledgling career.

However, the French U21-international is also not afraid to stick a foot in when required, making Aouar a highly-desirable, all-round modern midfielder.

Houssem Aouar to Arsenal links intensify with Mikel Arteta ‘in love’ with Lyon star

MANCHESTER, ENGLAND – SEPTEMBER 19: Houssem Aouar of Lyon runs with the ball during the Group F match of the UEFA Champions League between Manchester City and Olympique Lyonnais at Etihad Stadium on September 19, 2018 in Manchester, United Kingdom. (Photo by Julian Finney/Getty Images)

Arsenal ready swoop?

Aouar’s talents, meanwhile, saw the youngster rack up an impressive 9 goals and 8 assists across all competitions this past season, a return which has inevitably seen some of European football’s heavyweights named as keen admirers.

Thus far, the outfit most persistently linked with a move for the Lyon man have been Italian champions Juventus.

Recent months, however, have seen Manchester City position themselves firmly alongside the Bianconeri in the race for Aouar, with Pep Guardiola thought to be a huge fan of the midfielder’s talents.

In fact, reports late in April went as far as to suggest that the Sky Blues were set to open imminent negotiations with Lyon over Aouar’s signature.

Houssem Aouar to Arsenal links intensify with Mikel Arteta ‘in love’ with Lyon star

LYON, FRANCE – NOVEMBER 27: David Silva of Manchester City battles for possession with Houssem Aouar of Olympique Lyonnais during the UEFA Champions League Group F match between Olympique Lyonnais and Manchester City at Groupama Stadium on November 27, 2018 in Lyon, France. (Photo by Shaun Botterill/Getty Images)

Few updates regarding City’s interest, though, have since been forthcoming.

As such, the lack of progress made by the Citizens, or any other side for that matter, in the race for Aouar’s signature, have opened the door for a new suitor to step up.

And, as outlined above, if the latest word stemming from the European media is to be believed, then this very side appear primed to pounce.

The outfit in question come in the form of Arsenal.

Recent weeks have seen the Gunners named as admirers of Aouar, as reports stemming from the French media hinted at an imminent big-money battle for the midfielder’s signature.

And transfer expert Fabrizio Romano has today gone a step further, by claiming that the capital giants will ‘for sure’ attempt to clinch Aouar’s services this summer.

This comes with Mikel Arteta and the Arsenal board ‘in love’ with the Lyon star.

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This article was edited by Josh Barker.

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