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Arsenal join Tottenham in Houssem Aouar’s transfer race

Houssem Aouar

Tottenham Hotspur have joined Arsenal in the chase for Lyon star, Houssem Aouar.

According to The Mirror, Spurs are set to make a late transfer move for the midfielder who has been heavily linked with an Emirates switch.

The club’s bid has been given a boost by news that Arsenal are close to finalising a £30million agreement with Real Madrid for Martin Odegaard.

That would see the Norway playmaker Martin Odegaard return to the Gunners following his loan spell in the side last term.

Aouar, 23, is thought to be a target for a number of teams in the Prem and Europe with Patrick Vieira’s Crystal Palace among them.

The midfield ace was rumoured to be a top target for Arsenal last term before their £45million swoop for Thomas Partey.

And SunSport revealed Mikel Arteta’s side were considering a loan bid for the France international if moves for Odegaard or Leicester’s James Maddison fell by the wayside.

Aouar, who began his career in Lyon’s academy at 11, notched up eight goals and four assists across all competitions for the Ligue One side last season.

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However, the player had problems with a thigh injury in November last year which kept him out of international action for France.

The Mirror claims the attacking midfielder is among a number of Lyon players who have been added to the French side’s for sale by their sporting director Juninho.

The player, whose contract ends in 2023, was thought to be a Liverpool and Manchester City target in May 2020.

And SunSport reported the French side – who rejected a £40million bid for Aouar last summer – have dropped their asking price to £25million. The fee drop follows the Ligue One outfit’s failure to qualify for the Champions League.

It is thought Tottenham, who enjoyed a winning start to their Prem season beating Man City 1-0, are also keen on Dusan Vlahovic.

Reports suggest the club are rivalling Atletico Madrid’s interest in the Fiorentina forward who was Serie A’s fourth-highest scorer last term.

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