Over the past year or so, one of the big stories to come out of France has been Arsenal’s alleged chase of Houssem Aouar.
The interest appears to have stemmed directly from Mikel Arteta, who was given Martin Ødegaard on loan from Real Madrid for the back end of last season instead.
Now, with the Norwegian back in Spain, there is a chance to do a deal with Lyon, although Tottenham have now entered the fray to scupper their north London rivals’ plans.
That’s according to Le10 Sport, who claim there are now ‘two clubs ready to fight’ for the Lyon playmaker, before naming the Gunners and Spurs.
The belief from the French website is that Arsenal have already made an offer, although it’s ‘below €20m, while the Ligue 1 side would want closer to €25m.
As for Tottenham, ‘they have yet to pull the trigger’, but their interest is ‘getting more precise’.
While they are ‘a bit behind’ Arsenal, they are said to have ‘more money and the capacity to offer more’, and if they were to put an offer forward, everything could ‘flip’ in their favour.
Despite Peter Bosz wanting to keep Aouar at the club, it’s made clear that Lyon aren’t in a position to say no to anything ‘above €20m’, such is their financial state this summer.