Houssem Aouar could soon become the focal point of Mikel Arteta's midfield.

Arsenal have identified the Lyon midfielder as their top transfer target and are considered the favorites to sign him, but the Gunners lack the funds to match a €60-million valuation, sources told Julien Laurens of ESPN FC.

No other club has shown a legitimate interest in signing Aouar. Manchester City and Juventus were reportedly linked to him, but both teams are now focused on strengthening other areas of their respective squads.