The Lyon president says that there hasn’t been a excessive sufficient bid for the French star forward of the membership’s Friday deadline
Lyon president Jean-Michel Aulas acknowledged that “not a lot has occurred” almost about a possible switch for Houssem Aouar regardless of curiosity from three “massive golf equipment”.
Aouar has been linked with a transfer all summer season, having emerged as one of many world’s high younger midfielders all through Lyon’s run to the Champions League semi-finals.
The Frenchman has been closely linked to Arsenal in latest weeks, with Mikel Arteta stated to be an admirer of the 22-year-old star.
Aulas has confirmed Arsenal’s curiosity in latest weeks as properly, saying the club’s bids have been “timid”.
Nonetheless, Aulas, who has set a deadline of Friday for all potential Lyon departures, says that Arsenal aren’t the one membership excited about a deal for Aouar, whereas admitting that he believes Lyon may lose two gamers by that deadline.
“We all know that three massive golf equipment are excited about him. Two within the short-term, one within the long-term,” he stated. “Not a lot has occurred. All of the golf equipment can’t give us financially what Lyon needs.”
Aulas and Lyon accomplished a deal of their very own on Wednesday, asserting the signing of Lucas Paqueta from AC Milan on a five-year deal.
The president stated Paqueta’s signing needs to be taken as a message that the membership can nonetheless signal high gamers, even when they may see the likes of Aouar and Memphis Depay depart within the coming days.
“I used to be keen to indicate that we may make massive signings and to be constructive in constructing the way forward for OL,” he stated. “We wish a aggressive crew. We had been simply within the semi-final of the Champions League. We’re solely in the beginning of the league season. It was essential to make a press release and present that we had been in keeping with our objectives.
He added: “I’m lucky to have a variety of very competent individuals by my aspect, who get alongside properly, who work properly collectively. They’ve opinions that complement one another, which makes OL all of the richer.
“We made a plan to get nearer to the values which can be held by Juninho, these of technical capability but in addition a mind-set. We’re making an attempt to herald one other younger participant. Issues are properly underway.
“It should additionally rely upon our departures. There might be no extra after Friday night. All issues should be settled. Relying on the outcomes of those, we will full. We will think about dropping two gamers, I do not assume we’ll lose extra.”