Arsenal unwilling to meet Aouar asking price, says Lyon sporting director

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Arsenal unwilling to meet Aouar asking price, says Lyon sporting director

Arsenal are reluctant to meet Lyon’s asking price for Houssem Aouar, according to their sporting director Juninho.

The midfielder has been a long-rumoured target for the Gunners, though he is yet to make the move to London.

The 22-year-old has been a regular in the Lyon since breaking into the first team during the 2017/18 season.



Aouar has consistently been one of the best players in Ligue 1 over the last couple of seasons.

Since making his first-team debut in 2017, the midfielder has made 139 appearances for the club in all competitions. In that time he has also scored 24 goals.

His form for Lyon was rewarded with a call-up for France’s U21 side, and he has since been capped 17 times for them.

Aouar was called up to the senior team in August to make his full debut. But the youngster tested positive for COVID-19, so he had to withdraw from the squad.

Arsenal have long been rumoured to be admirers of the midfielder. It is reported that Aouar and Atletico Madrid’s Thomas Partey remain their top summer targets this window.

But Arsenal’s available funds have been a stumbling block for this deal. Lyon sporting director Juninho confirmed that Arsenal are yet to make an official bid, as cited by the :

“No, I don’t think so, no offer yet. It seems that Arsenal don’t want to, or can’t invest the price for Houssem, who is our best player.”

The Gunners have already had a busy summer on the transfer front. Gabriel Magalhães has signed for around £27m from French side Lille.

Centre-back Pablo Mari has made the move from Brazilian outfit Fluminense. Willian and Cedric Soares have also signed on free transfers from Chelsea and Southampton respectively.

Meanwhile, Arsenal have secured the services of Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang. The Gabon forward signed a new three-year-deal with the club on Tuesday.

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Rashford could ‘get a standing ovation’ at Anfield, says Andy Robertson

Liverpool defender Andy Robertson believes that Marcus Rashford could ‘be the first Manchester United player to get a standing ovation’ at Anfield later this season.

Rashford campaigned to the government asking them to allow around 1.3 million children to claim free school meal vouchers during England’s summer holidays.

These vouchers were initially made available to children with tough backgrounds during the lockdown. But it was always made clear that these vouchers would not be available at any other time.



The England international wrote a letter to MPs explaining why this issue meant so much to him. He referenced his own upbringing as he had to rely on food banks as he was growing up in Wythenshawe, Manchester.

As a result of Rashford’s campaigns, the government reversed its decision to make the school meal vouchers available during the summer holidays.

The Manchester United forward has rightly received a lot of plaudits for his work. Robertson heaped praise on Rashford during an interview with :

“What he’s done was amazing, outstanding.

“The two words that everyone’s saying [during the pandemic] are ‘Marcus Rashford’.

“He made politicians overturn the decision [not to extend free school meals] because he wanted every kid to get fed.

“Once the fans are back in, Marcus Rashford could be the first Manchester United player to get a standing ovation here. He’d definitely deserve it because thousands of families are getting fed now.”

All Premier League games are currently being played behind closed doors as a precaution because of COVID-19.

The government are currently in the process of setting test events across various sports. These events would allow 1,000 fans to attend football games, with the view to having bigger attendances down the line.

Manchester United are due to travel to face Liverpool at Anfield on 16 January.

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