Lyon chief confirms Arsenal talks for Houssem Aouar
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Lyon chief confirms Arsenal talks for Houssem Aouar

Lyon president Jean-Michel Aulas has acknowledged that Arsenal hold an interest in midfielder Houssem Aouar.

While the playmaker is regarded as a key man at the Groupama Arena, Lyon may still cash in on their star man having failed to qualify for Europe this season.

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However, given the financial implications of the coronavirus pandemic, Aulas has suggested that the Gunners may struggle to complete a deal in the coming weeks.

Speaking to Le Progres, Aulas said: "Financially, Arsenal are like everyone else, and Houssem could say to himself that the best thing would be to stay with us."

Lyon are said to be looking for a fee in the region of £54m, a price tag that will require Arsenal to make at least one sale if they wish to sign the 22-year-old.

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