8.30am Arsenal transfer news LIVE: Aouar £41m asking price, Partey LATEST, Pepe dig from Lyon chief, Kolasinac set to go – The Sun

ARSENAL have been handed a boost in their pursuit of Houssem Aouar with the news that Lyon have agreed a deal to sign his likely replacement.

Lucas Paqueta is set to be announced at the Ligue 1 club over the weekend, while reports suggest Arsenal are locked in a tussle with Spurs for Amadou Diawara.

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Follow ALL of the Gunners latest transfer news and updates below…

  • HOUSS ABOUT IT

    Lyon have named their price for Houssem Aouar, according to reports.

    ESPN claim the French club want a fee of £55m for the midfielder, however they are willing to accept £41m up front with add-ons.

    Meanwhile the club president Jean-Michel Aulas has mocked Arsenal over their £72m signing of Nicolas Pepe.

    Aulas was unimpressed by the Gunners' original bid for Aouar of around £27.5m.

    And he told Le Progres: “If Pepe is worth the price that they paid for him, then Houssem, who is an international player, is worth more than €30m.”

  • GOOD MORNING GUNNERS FANS!

    Arsenal’s pursuit of Lyon’s Houssem Aouar received a boost with the news Lyon have agreed a deal for AC Milan midfielder Lucas Paqueta.

    L’Equipe reports an £18million bid will be accepted and with a replacement in place, the French side may allow Aouar to move to North London.

    French football expert Jonathan Johnson says Lyon are ‘putting pressure’ on Mikel Arteta’s side to up their offer after an initial £31m bid was rejected.

    Club legend Ian Wright told Optus Sport it is ‘imperative’ for Arsenal to sign Aouar so he ‘can get on the ball and get the forwards going’.

    Arsenal are battling rivals Spurs for Roma midfielder Amadou Diawara.

    The Guinea star's agent Daniele Piraino is said to be 'angry' over Diawara's treatment and in talks with the two London giants – after the 23-year-old was only a sub in Sunday's 2-2 home draw with Juventus.

    Italian outlet Il Messaggero say Arsenal and Spurs have both 'called' Piraino to enquire about £27million-rated Diawara.

    But the Gunners may admit defeat in their chase for Thomas Partey, according to The Daily Star.

    Sport Bild reports Sead Kolasinac is linked with a move to Bayer Leverkusen for around £9m and Sokratis could be off to Napoli.

  • SEAD AND DONE

    Sead Kolasinac is reportedly close to joining Bayer Leverkusen.

    Sport Bild reports a deal is being agreed with a fee in the region of £9million.

    Kolasinac had previously been linked with a move back to Schalke.

    He appears to be way down Mikel Arteta's pecking order after the arrival of Kieran Tierney and use of Ainsley Maitland-Niles and Bukayo Saka as left wing-backs.

  • ARTWORK

    Mikel Arteta has been urged to change the position of one of his best players.

    Owen Hargreaves reckons the Arsenal boss should use skipper Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang as a central striker.

    The Gabonese forward was not at his best out wide in the 3-1 defeat against Liverpool on Monday night at Anfield.

    And Hargreaves told Premier League Productions: “Maybe drop Lacazette, play Aubameyang at the top, [Bukayo] Saka can play as an attacker, [and] as a wing-back.”

  • THIA-NO!

    Arsenal will escape facing Liverpool's Thiago TWICE.

    The Gunners did not have to line up against the former Bayern Munich star in Monday night's 3-1 defeat due to injury.

    And now the Spanish midfielder has tested positive for Covid-19.

    He will miss Thursday's Carabao Cup game between the two teams.

  • TORR BLIMEY

    Lucas Torreira's agent is in Madrid ahead of a proposed move to Atletico Madrid.

    The Uruguayan midfielder has been linked with a move away from the Emirates after falling down Mikel Arteta's pecking order.

    And transfer guru Fabrizio Romano reports the Gunners want a permanent deal and a new bid is being prepared by Diego Simeone's side.

  • WRIGHT CALL

    Arsenal Ian Wright says it is 'imperative' for Mikel Arteta's side to sign Houssem Aouar before this window slams shut.

    After the 3-1 defeat to Liverpool on Monday night, Wright told Optus Sport: “What was more evident for me from Arsenal is they didn’t have that person in the midfield who is comfortable enough on the ball.

    “Until Dani Ceballos came on and did pretty well, who can pass the ball to him and he can receive it with somebody up his back. From there, Arsenal can try and play.

    “We can’t do that at the moment, that is why it is imperative that they get Aouar from Lyon, somebody who can get on the ball and get the forwards going. That is what Arsenal need.”

  • ROY-AL RUMBLE

    Roy Keane named and shamed Arsenal's problem players.

    The Manchester United legend and Sky Sports pundit read the riot act after the Gunners' 3-1 loss at Liverpool on Monday night.

    He said on Sky: “We saw again tonight that defensively – I still think David Luiz, Kieran Tierney and Rob Holding, there's big question marks over them. “Luiz still has that mistake in him.”

  • GETTING THE SOK

    Arsenal defender Sokratis is heading for the exit before the end of the transfer window.

    The centre-back could be off to Napoli, IF the Italian side receive an acceptable bid for Kalidou Koulibaly.

    Rai Sport journalist Ciro Venerato suggests Sokratis could leave in the near future.

    They are thought to have fought off competition from Nice and could land their man before October 5.

  • TUG OF WARA

    Arsenal and Tottenham are facing a transfer deadline tug-of-war for Roma midfielder Amadou Diawara.

    The Guinea star's agent Daniele Piraino is said to be 'angry' over Diawara's treatment and in talks with the two London giants – after the 23-year-old was only a sub in Sunday's 2-2 home draw with Juventus.

    Diawara was already upset after a mix-up over his age meant he started Roma's opener at Verona without being registered.

    Serie A chiefs penalised Roma for their mistake by turning the 0-0 draw into a 3-0 win for Verona.

    Now Italian outlet Il Messaggero say Arsenal and Spurs have both “called” Piraino to enquire about £27million-rated Diawara.

  • PERTY TIME!

    Arsenal wished their former centre-back Per Mertesacker a happy birthday online.

    The German giant spent seven years as a player in North London.

    And the 36-year-old is now coaching the Gunners' academy.

  • GUNNER IMPROVE?

    Lyon are “putting pressure” on Arsenal to improve their bid for Houssem Aouar, according to French football expert Jonathan Johnson.

    Mikel Arteta has already had an initial £31million bid turned down by the French club.

    L'Equipe claim the Emirates outfit are convincing Lyon a deal can be reached after their latest offer of £34.5m.

    The Ligue 1 side's president Jean-Michel Aulas has previously revealed the two clubs remain far apart in their valuations of Aouar.

  • AUBA THE TOP

    Jurgen Klopp has admitted his Liverpool side found Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and Alexandre Lacazette “really difficult to deal with”.

    Following his side's victory, he said: “We cannot press them all the time, but we prepare it constantly, because it means that if you are slightly too late, then Auba is on his bike, or Laca is on his bike, so it's really difficult to deal with them.

    “In these moments [when they got through] they were either offside or Ali had to make a save, but there were not too many.”

    Lacazette gave Arsenal the lead in the 25th minute, but the match finished 3-1 to the 2019-20 champions.

  • DONE DEALS

    Arsenal's Academy have made FOUR promising signings this summer.

    Tim Akinola, Jonathan Dinzeyi, George Lewis and Salah-Eddine Oulad M'Hand are some names to look out for.

  • INTER HIM

    Inter Milan are considering a move for ex-Arsenal star Gervinho, claim Calcio Mercato.

    The 33-year-old forward has been playing for Parma since 2018.

    But Antonio Conte is said to be a huge fan of the 84-cap Ivory Coast international.

    Conte wants him to join his side to play as a back-up option to Romelu Lukaku.

  • PARTEY OVER

    Arsenal are ready to admit defeat in their pursuit of Atletico Madrid star Thomas Partey.

    The Gunners have been chasing the midfielder all summer as Mikel Arteta wants to bolster his midfield.

    Partey has a release clause of £45million and Atletico are refusing to negotiate on a fee.

    The Daily Star claim Arsenal's hopes of signing Partey are all-but over – but will ramp up their efforts to sign Houssem Aouar.

  • HOUSS SALE?

    Arsenal's move for Lyon star Houssem Aouar could depend on Leicester's pursuit of Saint-Etienne centre-back Wesley Fofana.

    The Gunners remain desperate to bring in the French playmaker, with the 22-year-old keen to make the move to the Emirates before the window closes on Monday.

    But according to GFFN, Lyon president Jean-Michel Aulas is monitoring the situation with rivals St-Etienne who are mulling over accepting a £36million offer from the Foxes for Fofana.

    They claim that Brendan Rodgers' side have tabled an initial £32m bid which would rise to £36m if bonuses are met.

    GFFN state that Aulas is determined not to sell Aouar for less than the 19-year-old, as he is seeking a similar offer from Arsenal if he was to cash in on his prized asset.

  • KOP THAT

    Liverpool are now the odds-on favourites to win the Premier League this season.

    But fans could take a punt on the Gunners at 25/1.

  • 'APPLAUD THEM'

    Mikel Arteta has revealed what he said to the Arsenal squad in the dressing room after the defeat to Liverpool.

    Speaking to Football London, the Gunners boss said: “I told them that I applaud them.”

    Before he added: “It's still the belief that the players had.

    “Even at half-time I could see that they still believed they could get something out of the game.”

  • HAND GRENADE

    The Premier League looks certain to be stuck with the controversial new handball rule until next season.

    Already this campaign we have seen fuming bosses including Jose Mourinho, Steve Bruce and Roy Hodgson slam the law.

    Well the bad news for managers, players and fans alike is that the law is here to stay – until June at least.

    Law changes can only be made at the March AGM of the International Football Association Board (Ifab).

    Any changes will then come into effect from June 1.

    This Premier League season is set to finish on Sunday, May 23.

    Top flight shareholders are expected to discuss the law at their meeting in October.

    But changes can only be enacted at the Ifab summit next year.

  • WILL I NEVER

    Granit Xhaka believes new Arsenal signing Willian can inspire the Gunners to eventually challenge for the Premier League title.

    The Brazilian joined Mikel Arteta's side on a free transfer from rivals Chelsea in August and has started all three of the Gunners' league matches so far this season.

    Xhaka told Goal.com: “With Willian and Gabriel, Arsenal brought a lot of quality and mentality into the dressing room.

    “Willian knows how to win titles.

    “The extension with Aubameyang was an important signal for all of us – we want to go back to the Champions League.”

  • WORK OF ART

    Jamie Carragher has tipped Arsenal to finish in the top four despite last night's loss to Liverpool.

    He told Sky Sports: “The first thing for Arsenal is to get back into the Champions League.

    “I think there's a good chance they can. I didn't believe that before the start of the season.

    “I like a lot of what Mikel Arteta is doing.

    “I don't think it's possible for him to get any more out of the group of player's he's got.”

  • OUT OF LAC

    Alexandre Lacazette had his head buried in his shirt after fluffing a crucial chance in Arsenal's 3-1 defeat to Liverpool.

    And eagle-eyed Arsenal fans noticed that referee Craig Pawson appeared to throw his arms up in disappointment as Lacazette spurned the chance.

    One fan tweeted: “Look at the ref's reaction man,” while another posted: “Even my man fed up with Lacazette finishing skills.”

    A third added: “Strange reaction from referee Craig Pawson. Must be a gooner.”

    A fourth said: “Craig Pawson captained Lacazette in his fantasy team.”

  • WHAT THE HEC?

    Hector Bellerin has urged the Gunners to “look at the positives” after the loss to Liverpool.

  • AD ENOUGH?

    Tony Adams has claimed Arsenal No1 Bernd Leno is NOT a top-four goalkeeper.

    Speaking to Astro SuperSport, the club legend said: “[Emiliano] Martinez was incredible in their cup run. He was absolutely sensational.

    “And I do like big ones and what Leno does struggle with, for me, is crosses and stuff.

    “But it isn't about me, Arteta's gone, 'No. Leno is my number one, I like him', and he's put all of his faith in him.

    “But I don't believe that he's a top four goalkeeper, for me.”

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