Manchester City Set to Lock Horns With Arsenal Over £54m Signing of Lyon Midfielder Houssem Aouar

Sep 10, 2020, 1:13 PM GMT+5:30
Houssem Aouar
Manchester City are set to battle Arsenal for midfielder Houssem Aouar | Pool/Getty Images

Manchester City are reportedly set to compete with Arsenal for Lyon midfielder Houssem Aouar. The Lyon midfielder is ready to leave Ligue 1 and move to a new club, with Arsenal boss Mikel Arteta keen on taking him to the Emirates - but City chief Pep Guardiola is a big fan of the young Frenchman.

As reported by The Mirror, City manager Guardiola may battle his former assistant Arteta as he looks to sign the 22-year-old. The Gunners offered Lyon a bid involving money plus Matteo Guendouzi, which was turned down, with the French club's sporting director, Juninho insisting that he isn't interested in a deal for Guendouzi.

He said: "I get on very well with [Arsenal technical director] Edu, we spoke on the phone. Aouar is really appreciated by Mikel Arteta. Guendouzi was discussed during the call, he is a great player, but he is the wrong profile. We are not interested in that at all, we cut the conversation."

Juninho added that Lyon have yet to receive a formal offer for Aouar. He added: "I think that has been happening directly with agents."

However, Juninho did say that he is aware of Guardiola's interest. He said: "I think that has been happening directly with agents. We were not directly contacted. Maybe [director general] Vincent Ponsot was contacted by Manchester City, I am not sure.

"It is like that with these two teams, two enormous teams who play to win the Champions League every year, they have the capacity for that and that makes any player dream. I don't know if Houssem is ready to change project for a big Ligue 1 team like PSG.

"For City, of course Guardiola likes the player, but is that the profile that they are looking for today? We don't know that either and we have not received any official offers."

Aouar progressed through the ranks at Lyon's academy and has gone on to make 137 senior appearances for the club.