For the third summer in a row, Arsenal is interested in signing Houssem Aouar. According to The Sun, Arteta has already selected the midfielder.
A defensive midfielder like Granit Xhaka or Thomas Partey would benefit from a player with excellent awareness and dribbling skills.
The 23-year-old is said to be available for just £12.6 million, with Lyon anxious to unload the superb midfielder after failing to reach an agreement on a new contract. The Frenchman is said to have exorbitant wage demands, which should not discourage wealthy Premier League clubs like Arsenal.
The Gunners will face heavy competition in their pursuit of Aouar, with Liverpool, Real Betis, and Real Sociedad all having interest in the central midfielder.
Arsenal’s inability to qualify for Europe’s premier competition may come back to haunt them here, with the temptation of the Champions League potentially determining where Aouar ends up, with the player wanting to be named in Deschamps’ World Cup squad in November.