Lyon midfielder Houssem Aouar has put Arsenal fans on alert with an admission about his future.
In one of many unresolved sagas involving the Gunners during last summer’s transfer window, the Frenchman was heavily linked with a move to the Emirates Stadium all the way up until deadline day.
However, a deal never materialised and Aouar remained with Lyon where he’s made 32 appearances across all competitions thus far.
The 22-year-old, who has weighed in with seven goals and three assists in Ligue 1 this season, is in line to feature against William Saliba’s Nice side on Sunday night as Lyon go in search of a win that could see them qualify for the Champions League next term.
But should Aouar make an appearance, it may be his final one in Lyon colours.
“This could be (my last match at Lyon), but it could also not be,” he said in a press conference. “I do not ask myself these sorts of questions before an important match like this.
“I have not played as much as I would have liked. I struggled to come back after COVID. A pretty mixed season (for me). I have improved in terms of managing injuries.
“I am happy with my statistics in the few matches that I have done, so a mixed season.
“I feel good, I am at 100% for this match.”
But in the January window, transfer expert Fabrizio Romano did reveal that the Gunners remain ‘convinced’ Aouar was still the right man to solve their creativity issues.
“They are still looking for this kind of player, they were also trying for Szoboszlai who then joined Leipzig, but they were trying really for Dominik Szoboszlai,” Romano said on the Feather on Football podcast. “And also Aouar has always been the first target for Arsenal. They love him and they are convinced he would be perfect in their midfield.
“The problem is that Lyon are asking for €60million (£53.3m) they are having an amazing season, they want to be back in the Champions League, so at the moment with the president of Lyon it’s really hard to negotiate in January for this kind of player.”
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ShekTeeJay said: “He’d be a great signing. Hope we go after him.”
basedsims said: “L’Equipe said €30m is possible for him not too long ago. I still think we should pursue him, different profile from deep which we need.”
redqks said: “For 30 million honestly, we need to be all over it.”
likpoper said: “£30m? We should be going after him.”
orphan_of_Ludwig said: “Big summer, Aouar, Buendia, Bissouma, Berge!”