According to The Sun, agents of Lyon star Houssem Aouar ‘have been stunned’ by Arsenal making progress in their attempt to sign James Maddison.
The Frenchman was Mikel Arteta’s number one target last summer. The Gunners tried long and hard to bring him to the Emirates, but Lyon’s demands proved to be impossible to meet, and we signed Thomas Partey instead.
Arsenal have been linked with Aouar again this summer but he’s nowhere near the top of Arteta’s wish list. The Gunners boss is aiming for someone considerably better than the Frenchman – James Maddison. (Sky Sports)
Aouar hopeful of Arsenal move even though Arteta wants Maddison
The report claims that Arsenal have held talks with Lyon over a move for Aouar in recent weeks. He has entered the final two years of his contract, and he seems desperate to find a new club.
However, Arsenal are making decent progress in our attempt to sign Maddison, and that has reportedly ‘stunned’ Aouar’s agents. Nevertheless, they’re still hopeful that the Gunners will consider signing the Lyon man, who is an excellent player in his own right.
After all the speculation in recent weeks, it will be a shock to see Arsenal sign Aouar, even though he’s more affordable than any of our targets. Maddison is clearly on top of our wish list, one step higher than Martin Odegaard.
Most Arsenal fans would prefer the Leicester City star or the Real Madrid playmaker over Aouar. However, if deals for both Maddison and Odegaard become impossible to complete, it won’t be a surprise to see Edu go back in for the Frenchman.