After tying down Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang to a new long-term contract this week, Arsenal are now looking to strengthen their squad with the acquisition of Lyon midfielder Houssem Aouar.
The Gunners have already done some shrewd business this summer, bringing in Gabriel, Pablo Mari, Cedric Soares and Willian. Dani Ceballos, meanwhile, has rejoined the club for a second successive season-long loan.
Gabriel and Willian both impressed on their first Premier League appearances for Arsenal against Fulham last weekend.
But fans are acutely aware that a top-four finish will become a much more realistic prospect if they can sign the talented Aouar.
A superb passer and dribbler, the 22-year-old has scored 24 goals in 139 appearances for Lyon.
Some have compared him to former Arsenal star Santi Cazorla, who lit up the Emirates Stadium thanks to his sublime technical ability.
The report adds that the bid will be made imminently and is expected to be in excess of €40 million.
It’s understood that Aouar, who has also been linked with Juventus, is Arteta’s priority summer signing.
The France Under-21 international made headlines for the wrong reasons on Tuesday night after being sent off in a 2-1 defeat away at Montpellier.
You can watch the incident here...
But that isolated incident hasn't deterred Arsenal from making a move for the gifted Frenchman.
This short two-minute video shows why Arteta is keen to bring Aouar to north London…
Sport Witness say there’s currently no indication that Lyon will accept Arsenal’s opening offer.
However, it’s said to be ‘likely’ that the French side will attempt to start an auction for the player if possible when they receive the bid.
- Messi scores stunning goal in friendly - with his right foot!
- Man Utd target Amad Traore looks a real talent
- Man Utd fan sets up GoFundMe page to sign Sancho