Lyon hands Mikel Arteta transfer fee for French ace to solve key Arsenal midfield dilemma

Arsenal have been given a bargain quote for Mikel Arteta to solve his midfield with the ideal signing ahead of next season. Houssem Aouar has been linked to the club previously but his new value makes him a no brainer signing.

According to French news outlet Foot Mercato, Real Betis are interested in signing Aouar in the summer. The report goes on to say that Lyon valued him at £12.6m.

The Gunners will be in desperate need of a midfielder at the end of the season. Considering the club’s previous interest in Aouar, with his cheap price tag, it should certainly be a deal that Edu should look to explore.

Earlier in the season, Italian news outlet Calciomercato claimed that the Gunners are keen on signing Aouar. The midfielder has changed his agent which could be a game-changer from the previous attempt to sign him.

Arsenal have made it clear the type of midfielder they are going to sign in the summer transfer window. It is because of this that Aouar would be the ideal signing for the Gunners ahead of next season.

The north London side has seemed to target players who have excellent ball carrying skills. With Thomas Partey anchoring the midfield and Martin Odegaard being tasked with leading the team in creating chances, having a midfielder who can successfully carry the ball from defence to midfield is crucial.

The Lyon man managed to score seven goals from midfield in 30 league games last season. This was more than the goals scored in the league by Arsenal’s central midfield combined (5).

The Gunners are in desperate need of a midfielder due to shortages in the position, which also coincides with a lack of quality and it is something that Arteta needs to address. Arsenal could be left short in midfield this summer, with football.london understanding that Roma are expected to make a fresh attempt to sign Xhaka at the end of the season.

Aouar would be an excellent signing by Arsenal and it is a deal they should be pursuing. The Gunners will need strengthening in the midfield position, and the Lyon man would be an ideal candidate judging by the types of midfielders that Edu has been targeting ahead of next season. A transfer value of £12.6m would be a steal for the Gunners and prevents Edu from being financially strained when looking to strengthen other areas of the team.

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