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Lyon secure replacement for Arsenal transfer target Houssem Aouar


Aouar could leave Lyon for Arsenal (Picture: Getty)

Lyon are closing in on signing a replacement for Arsenal transfer target Houssem Aouar after agreeing an £18million deal with AC Milan for Lucas Paqueta.

Paqueta has reportedly said goodbye to his team-mates and staff in Milan and has agreed personal terms with Lyon.

The 23-year-old Brazilian is set to sign a five-year deal with the Ligue 1 side.

And according to Di Marzio, he has already left Milan and will be announced as a Lyon player shortly.

His arrival could pave the way for Aouar to sign for the Gunners.

Arsenal are still locked in negotiations for the Frenchman after seeing their initial £30million offer knocked back.

Paqueta is set to join Lyon (Picture: Soccrates/Getty)

While he has three years left on his contract, Lyon are under pressure to sell amid financial uncertainty as a result of the coronavirus crisis.

Lyon president Jean-Michel Aulas wants more than £40m for the midfielder, who played a key role in Lyon’s surprise run to the semi-finals of the Champions League last season.

Asked about the nature of Arsenal’s opening bid and why it was rejected, Aulas said: ‘There was a timid offer.

‘We felt like either they didn’t consider the fact that this is a player in the French national team.

‘So it was not an offer that was even susceptible to making us consider a sale.’

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