Lyon general manager Vincent Ponsot has detailed Arsenal’s efforts to sign Houssem Aouar in the summer transfer window.
As you’re probably aware, the Gunners were extremely keen on signing the French midfielder this summer, battling the likes of Juventus for his signature.
Ultimately a deal never happened, with Arsenal instead going to Atlético Madrid and paying Thomas Partey’s release clause.
That’s a deal that’s working out very well for them at this moment in time, but for a long time, it appeared Aouar was their number one target to enforce Mikel Arteta’s midfield.
Ponsot has now pretty much clarified that was the case, detailing their efforts to try and sign him and hinting a deal could happen in future.
“We had three big clubs for him. The first one was more for next season,” he told L’Equipe.
“The second one was related to the departure of a player, and with this club, we could have come to an agreement. The third club was Arsenal, who offered below the market value.