Houssem Aouar has long been one of Arsenal’s main transfer targets, but doubts from background checks have reportedly scuppered a move for him so far in part.
Having signing Nuno Tavares, Albert Sambi Lokonga and Ben White, boss Mikel Arteta is moving towards rebuilding his underperforming side.
But one of the key positions in his squad appears to remain unfilled, that of a quality partner for Thomas Partey in central midfield.
Partey endured a mixed debut season at the Emirates Stadium, but Arsenal are understood to believe that signing the right partner for him could bring the best out of the Ghanaian.
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Having helped Lyon to four top four finishes in five years, Aouar quickly emerged as a potential target for the Gunners.
The Premier League side attempted to sign him last summer, but failed to agree a fee with Les Gones.
They did have another chance to sign him in the January transfer window, but according to The Athletic, concerns had been raised from scouting and background checks.
That saw the Gunners pull back their interest in the Frenchman, who went on to score seven goals in 30 games in Ligue 1.
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But with a partner for Partey still not found, it is stated that Aouar’s name is being “discussed” at Arsenal.
And despite their concerns from the background checks, the Gunners are now weighing up a move for the midfielder.
It is said that the brutal financial problems currently hitting French football due to a collapsed TV deal offers an opportunity.
The Athletic report there is a growing belief at the Emirates that with Aouar now valued at £22million as Lyon seek to raise funds, it would represent a good deal.
It is stated that they have even enquired about the possibility of a loan move, with the 23-year-old having two years left on his contract at the Groupama Stadium.
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