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Lyon make £16.3m bid to secure Houssem Aouar replacement as Arsenal make opening offer

Olympique Lyonnais have reportedly made an opening bid for AC Milan midfielder Lucas Paqueta, as the Ligue 1 side prepare for the possible departure of Houssem Aouar.

Aouar’s outstanding displays for Lyon last season has seen him heavily linked with a move away in the current transfer window, with City, Juventus and Arsenal all touted as potential destinations.

The Gunners are favourites to sign the highly-rated French midfielder, and football.london understands an opening bid for the Lyon captain was rejected, but a second offer of £36.5million (€40million) with a further £9million in potential add-ons (€10million) is being prepared.

“There was a timid offer,” Lyon president Jean-Michel Aulas told Canal Plus after his club’s 1-1 draw with Lorient on Sunday.

Gunners get Houssem Aouar transfer ultimatum

Arsenal are running out of time to sign Houssem Aouar

Arsenal’s insistence on offloading players on a permanent basis could be having a detrimental effect on their pursuit of their top targets.

Lucas Torreira is one player linked with a move away within the next week, but Tuttosport report that interest from Atletico Madrid and Torino has cooled due to the Gunners’ demands.

Mikel Arteta’s side are intent on including an obligation-to-buy agreement within any loan deal, which is deterring both clubs at present.

Atletico and Torino are keen to agree a more flexible option-to-buy agreement in a season-long loan deal for the midfielder, but Arsenal remain reticent and would rather move Torreira off their books permanently.

Gunners to seal Aouar move by the weekend

Arsenal have been issued with a transfer ultimatum by Olympique Lyonnais president Jean-Michel Aulas.

The Frenchman has stated that if any club – including Arsenal – wish to do business with Lyon during what is left of this window, they must do so within the next three days.

Aulas is intent on keeping the squad settled from Saturday onwards, ahead of a huge clash against Olympique Marseille on Sunday.

German FA admits to Ozil ‘mistakes’ that forced Arsenal’s World Cup-winning star into retirement amid racism storm

The enigmatic playmaker quit international duty in 2018 after being singled out for a meeting with Recep Tayyip Erdogan and poor performances

The German Football Association (DFB) has admitted to “mistakes” in its handling of Mesut Ozil in the wake of the Arsenal playmaker’s decision to meet with Turkish president Recep Tayyip Erdogan ahead of the 2018 World Cup.

Ozil, along with Manchester City midfielder and international team-mate Ilkay Gundogan, sparked controversy ahead of the global showpiece in Russia.

He was pictured with Erdogan on the eve of the tournament, with many of those in his homeland questioning the actions of a player with Turkish heritage.

Ozil was made a scapegoat for the struggles that 2014 world champions Germany then endured on the field, with Joachim Low’s side suffering a humbling group-stage exit when defending their crown.

In the wake of that disappointing showing, and with criticism still being aimed in his direction, Ozil took the decision to retire from international football and launched into a scathing attack on the DFB.

He said in a lengthy statement: “It is with a heavy heart and after much consideration that because of recent events, I will no longer be playing for Germany at international level whilst I have this feeling of racism and disrespect.

German FA admits to Ozil 'mistakes' that forced Arsenal's World Cup-winning star into retirement amid racism storm

“I used to wear the German shirt with such pride and excitement but now I don’t. This decision has been extremely difficult to make because I have always given everything for my team-mates, the coaching staff and the good people of Germany.

 

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