Arsenal are expecting to return to Lyon with a third bid for creative midfielder Houssem Aouar this weekend but Jose Mourinho may have dealt the Gunners a huge blow.
Arsenal were the only club in the race for Aouar and have been holding talks with Lyon for many weeks.
However, Paris Saint-Germain are also in the market for the same type of player and they want to get a deal done before the October 5 deadline.
The reigning Ligue 1 champions identified Dele Alli as their top priority target after his omission from recent Tottenham starting XIs.
Mourinho has hinted he could let the England international leave as he has not put in the effort demanded of him.
However, last night Spurs rejected PSG’s offer to take the 24-year-old on loan for the season for a fee of £2million, according to the Guardian.
L’Equipe claims PSG are also in talks with Aouar and they may turn their attention to the Arsenal target if they fail to land Alli.
Mourinho’s decision to reject the opening offer could end up with PSG upping their efforts for Aouar and ultimately ending Arsenal’s hopes.
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The Gunners are already struggling to meet Lyon’s £45m asking price and are in a rush to sell players to raise funds.
If PSG take the 22-year-old seriously then it could spark a bidding war which Arsenal would ultimately lose.
Meanwhile, Mourinho must decide whether Alli is part of his plans or if he needs to move on over the coming days.
Ahead of last night’s 7-2 Europa League win over Maccabi Haifa, in which Alli came off the bench to score a stoppage-time penalty, Mourinho explained how the ex-MK Dons star reacted to being dropped.
“I cannot confirm Dele’s playing but I cannot confirm he’s not playing,” Mourinho said.
“We have still training sessions [on Wednesday], we have still decisions to make
“The only thing I can say is he’s being very, very professional. I have only respect for him.
“He’s being very professional, particularly [on Tuesday] when the team was preparing for the [Chelsea] game and he wasn’t.
“It would be perfectly acceptable to have a lack of motivation, even a lack of professionalism for this training session but it was exactly the opposite.
“He trained very hard. He has my respect and the respect of his team-mates so it’s possible he plays [on Thursday].”
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