Conflicting reports over Real Madrid’s Aouar interest / PSG rule themselves out of the running for Arsenal target


PSG pull out

Houssem Aouar’s departure from Lyon appeared confirmed after the arrival of Lucas Paqueta.

It is well documented that Arsenal have been attempting to agree a deal with the French club to sign Aouar. However, they are seemingly yet to reach common ground.

During Paqueta’s reveal press conference, Lyon President Jean-Michel Aulas revealed 3 clubs were chasing the Frenchman’s signature.

Knowing of Arsenal’s interest it was reported Juventus was one of the other clubs.

Later, one more club confirmed and ended their interest in Aouar. French champions Paris Saint-Germain were supposedly looking at Aouar but Sporting Director Leonardo has ruled out a ‘dream’ move.

This should encourage Arsenal that they have a much clearer shot to sign the 22-year-old midfielder.

Real’s interest

The third interested club still remained a mystery until Friday evening.

News emerging from France and news outlet L’Equipe stated that Real Madrid had entered the equation regarding Aouar.

Reported interest from Spain however was seemingly false with Fabrizio Romano claiming that Real Madrid were not in the race to sign Aouar.

With all three of Juventus, PSG and Real Madrid not apparently looking to sign Aouar, Arsenal’s position at the negotiating table has strengthened.

Aulas’ public declarations of Arsenal’s pursuit of Aouar and the sudden French reports of other interested parties being false could be seen as tactical from the Lyon President.

Saturday marks the extended deadline set by Aulas for clubs to buy players from OL. Therefore news of departures could come in the next few hours.

See also: Official: Lyon announce Lucas Paqueta signing from AC Milan / Aulas says 3 teams now want Houssem Aouar

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This article was edited by Josh Barker.

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