Arsenal 'barely able' to make £34.5m Houssem Aouar transfer offer and Lyon not convinced deal will happen

ARSENAL are reportedly struggling to convince Lyon to sell playmaker Houssem Aouar.

Gunners boss Mikel Arteta has already had an initial £31million bid turned down by the French club.

According to L'Equipe, the Emirates outfit are not convincing Lyon a deal can be reached after returning with a 'timid' £34.5m offer.

The Ligue 1 side's president Jean-Michel Aulas has previously revealed the two clubs remain far apart in their valuations of Aouar.

Lyon were believed to be hoping for £54m but will consider a lower offer due to the financial impact of the coronavirus.

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Asked about Arsenal’s bid, he told Canal+: "There was a timid offer. We felt like either they didn’t consider the fact that this is a player in the French national team.

"So it was not an offer that was even susceptible to making us consider a sale."

Aulas was then asked whether Lyon’s asking price for Aouar was £36m or £46m.

Though the Frenchman failed to publicly confirm his club’s exact valuation, he replied: "It is certainly more than the first number that you mentioned."

Aouar remains Arteta's number one transfer target having tracked him throughout the summer.

The 22-year-old is thought to be keen on a move to the Emirates if the two clubs can come to an agreement.

And L'Equipe report that Lyon are preparing for Aouar's eventual departure with a move for Lucas Paqueta.

The Ligue 1 side have reportedly had a loan with a £16m option to buy rejected by AC Milan for the 23-year-old Brazilian attacker.

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