Tottenham’s take on Houssem Aouar’s late deadline day transfer, which will be a major blow to Arsenal.
Houssem Aouar, a Lyon midfielder, has been linked with Tottenham and Arsenal.
Spurs are currently undecided about making a deadline-day bid for Houssem Aouar, and a deal appears improbable at this point in the transfer window, according to reports. The Lyon midfielder is on the market less than a year after the French club turned down two Arsenal bids.
The Gunners have refused to return for Aouar, but are still interested in Mikel Arteta, with sales and the recruitment of a right-back taking precedence.
Arsenal chose to focus on Thomas Partey in October as Lyon continued to play hardball after the Ghanaian’s £45 million release clause was triggered.
Tottenham now has the upper hand, and they have a clear run on Aouar should they decide to pursue him.
Barcelona and Juventus were also interested last summer, but their interest has waned as both clubs are cash-strapped.
Spurs, according to football.london, are still hesitant to make a late move for the 23-year-old, even if they believe they have the best chance of landing him.
Fabio Paratici, the club’s technical director, is working around the clock to bring in new players to north London, although his efforts are now concentrated on defenders for Nuno Espirito Santo.
Any deal for Aouar is likely to be contingent on Tanguy Ndombele’s future at Spurs, who is now set to stay.
Tottenham reportedly attempted to negotiate a swap deal to sign Aouar in which Ndombele would return to Lyon earlier in the window, according to reports.
But it appeared to be pure speculation, and given that Aouar is available on loan with a purchase option, it’s possible it’s already happened.
Tottenham is hoping to recruit Emerson Royal from Barcelona before the transfer window closes.
Barca and the club are negotiating a deal for the Brazilian, who was just signed permanently from Real Betis earlier this summer.
Spurs are also attempting to offload Serge Aurier and Matt Doherty, although finding a buyer for both has proven difficult.
Last week, Aouar’s representatives spoke with Spurs informally, but no agreement has been reached.
Spurs are also unlikely to sign Adama Traore before the transfer deadline.
Wolves will seek at least £50 million for the Spaniard, which Spurs would not pay. “Brinkwire News in Condensed Form.”