Arsenal have reportedly made their first move for the French international Houssem Aouar.
The Gunners have been linked with a move for the Lyon midfielder throughout the summer and it now appears they have finally made their move.
According to a report from RMC Sport, the Gunners have made an initial offer of €35 million (£32m) for the 22-year-old, who is believed to be keen on making the switch to The Emirates.
Arsenal have been on the hunt for a new midfield option throughout the summer and Aouar has seemingly jumped to the front of the queue after the club’s failure to convince Atletico Madrid into lowering their asking price for Thomas Partey.
However, this initial offer is unlikely to be successful. As reported by ESPN earlier this month, Lyon are looking for a fee in the region of £55.5 million if they are going to agree to the player’s sale. That means Arsenal and Lyon are currently £23.5 million apart in their transfer valuations for a player who the report stares is now Arsenal’s number one summer target.
Arsenal are likely to need to sell some more players before they can afford that price-tag and, therefore, it seems there is some way to go yet before Arsenal fans can get excited about Aouar’s arrival.
Lyon are notoriously difficult negotiators and will be hoping to get the best price possible for the player, who has been linked with a host of Premier League clubs after his impressive performances for the French side in last season’s Champions League run.
So Arsenal still have plenty of talking to do first before Aouar can become a Gunner.