Arsenal in final stages of Aouar transfer with star focused on move but Lyon warn of Friday deadline

ARSENAL are reportedly closing in on a move for Houssem Aouar.

But Lyon insist a deal must be wrapped up by Friday at the latest.

Telefoot claims club president Jean-Michel Aulas has declared he will not do any business past October 2 – even though deadline day is three days later.

That means Arsenal have just FOUR days to conclude their deal for Aouar.

And it’s reckoned all parties are closing in on an agreement in a major boost for Mikel Arteta.

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The Spaniard has already seen a £32million offer knocked back by Lyon.

But he is apparently due to return with an offer of £36.5m, plus £9m in add-ons.

Signing Aouar would likely bring an end to Arsenal’s summer spending, although Arteta is sure to be keeping an eye out for any last-gasp bargains.

A mooted £45m switch for Atletico Madrid’s Thomas Partey will be out of the equation should Aouar move to the Emirates.

Indeed, the Lyon playmaker’s potential switch has already been urged on by Arsenal captain Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang.

He believes Aouar can turn Arsenal into title hopefuls and has called on Arteta to strike quickly.

Aubameyang said: “He’s a very good player. I hope we will be lucky to have these types of players at the club.

"I’m sure he can bring a lot to us. I hope he will come even though he is at Lyon.”

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