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Live: Houssem Aouar €40m bid reported, Arsenal on verge of signing 25-year-old star



Arsenal fans are reacting on social media to reports of a bid being prepared for Lyon playmaker Houssem Aouar.

According to Telefoot Chaine – as per Get French Football News – the Gunners are set to make an €40m (£36.4m) offer for the Frenchman who impressed during the Ligue 1 outfit’s run to the Champions League semi-final last season.

However, the same report states that a bid of greater than €40m from Mikel Arteta’s side for Aouar will soon be made.

The north London outfit are looking to further strengthen their squad in the remaining weeks of the summer transfer window.

Three deals have already been concluded in terms of incomings.

Willian, who joined the club on a free transfer after the expiry of his contract at Chelsea, has signed a three-year deal at the Emirates Stadium and has since been joined by compatriot Gabriel Magalhaes.

Meanwhile, Dani Ceballos is back at the club on another season-long loan deal from Real Madrid.

But will the trio soon be playing alongside Aouar?

Well, reports of a bid for the midfielder has certainly garnered a massive response from many Arsenal supporters.

Take a look at the best responses on Twitter…

It remains to be seen if Arsenal’s bid for Aouar is accepted, but what is for certain is Matteo Guendouzi won’t be used as makeweight.

“I get on very well with the Sporting Director (Edu),” Juninho, the Ligue 1 outfit’s sporting director, told RMC Sport. “We spoke on the phone. Houssem Aouar is really well liked by Arteta.

“There were some discussions for Mattéo Guendouzi, who is also a good player. He was brought up during the discussion.

“But we don’t need his profile, we were very clear.

“If it is like that, we are not interested at all, we cut the conversation, that is where things ended.”

Arsenal on verge of signing 25-year-old star

Martinez starred for Arsenal during the second half of last season while deputising for the injured Bernd Leno and he played a key role in the Gunners winning the FA Cup after putting-in a string of impressive performances.

Runar Alex Runarsson

The Argentinean now wants regular first team football but that’s not something Mikel Arteta can offer now that Leno is fit again so the 28-year-old has decided to join Villa in order to establish himself as a number one goalkeeper.

Sky Sports News says the deal is worth an initial £16m rising to £20m with add-ons which will boost Arsenal’s transfer kitty but Martinez’s exit means Arteta is now in the market for a replacement.

Runarsson emerged as a shock target when the The Telegraph reported on Sunday that Arsenal were in talks with Dijon over a £1.5m after goalkeeping coach Inaki Cana – who worked with Runarsson during their time together at Nordsjaelland – recommended him to Arteta.

Icelandic outlet DV 4-3-3 then claimed the keeper underwent a medical in London on Monday after agreeing terms over a five-year contract and Sky Sports News says the transfer is now on the verge of completion.

The news outlet says Arsenal hope to announce the deal ‘as soon as possible’ and hope to get Runarsson registered before midday on Friday so he’ll be available for Saturday’s clash with West Ham at the Emirates.

The Gunners had been looking at David Raya but Brentford were determined to hang on to the Spaniard after missing out on promotion last season so the north Londoners turned their attention to Runarsson instead.

The 25-year-old was in and out of the Dijon first team last season and has made just 36 appearances since joining the French outfit in 2018 so he doesn’t have a lot of first team experience in a top European league.

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