Arsenal might end up saving £12.4 million in transfer bargains for signing Houssem Aouar from Lyon. But nothing will go as per the Gunners’ plan until and unless Corentin Tolisso decides on homecoming to Olympique Lyonnais.
Arsenal fought back really well this season after they kicked off with a poor start. However, their midfield performances proceeded to go down south by the end of the season. Mikel Arteta, the club’s manager will have a fantastic opportunity to enhance his midfield during the summer transfer window.
Corentin Tolisso’s impact on Arsenal
Houssem Aouar has been linked with the Gunners for a while now. This follows claims from Foot Mercato in France that Corentin Tolisso had talks with Lyon about a free move. According to reports, the relocation is going smoothly.
Lyon is scratching their chins on whether to replace Aouar with the World Champion Tolisso or not. Tolisso certainly brings with him a lot of silverware and experience from Bayern Munich.
With the Frenchman confirming his departure from the Bundesliga champions, he is more likely to mark a homecoming to Lyon. This would most likely allow the 7-time French Champions to sell Aouar.
Other clubs interested in Aouar
Aouar is a summer transfer target for Real Betis as Lyon paid £12.6 million for him, according to reports. And 6-time Europa League champions Sevilla are said to be interested in the 23-year-old.
The club’s midfield has to be strengthened and updated as soon as possible. After a dismal season, Aouar might go to the inside and compete with Rakitic for a starting spot.
According to reports, Liverpool has been monitoring Houssem Aouar’s situation for a time. No major additions other than Darwin Nunez will take place due to a lack of cash as a result of the coronavirus epidemic. Aouar, who might leave Lyon is one player who has been associated with a transfer to Liverpool.
How will Aouar line up in Arsenal?
Arsenal is looking forward to signing players who can dribble well and carry the ball. They already have Thomas Partey playing the role of an Anchorman. Martin Odegaard on the other hand has been a creative playmaker.
The Gunners are in short of a player who can carry the ball from their defense to the attacking regions. In the same vein, Houssem Aouar is an extraordinary midfielder who can control the midfield. And this is exactly what Mikel Arteta wants to implement.
Should Aouar sign for the Gunners?
Arsenal’s entire midfield managed to net only 5 goals. On the other hand, Aouar alone has 7 goals in 30 matches for Lyon. Such a promising stat would have a significant impact on his weekly wages at Arsenal as well.
Houssem Aouar could be content for Granit Xhaka’s number 8 jersey if Arsenal signs him. Because the Swiss managed to dribble past 11 players and Aouar moved through 55 players, he can clearly see himself playing in the Emirates Stadium.
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