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Arsenal facing Houssem Aouar transfer battle with Juventus this summer as Lyon set £47.5m price tag for midfielder

ARSENAL reportedly face a transfer battle with Juventus for Lyon star Houssem Aouar.

Calciomercato claims the two European giants are desperate to sign playmaker Aouar, 22, this summer.

But whoever wins the race will have to cough up a huge sum.

It’s added that Lyon have slapped a mammoth £47.5million price tag on their star asset.

But that still may not be enough to put off either Arsenal or Juventus at the end of the season.

Mikel Arteta was desperate to sign Aouar last summer after winning the FA Cup.

However, he only had money for one new midfielder.

And Arteta instead decided that defence-minded Thomas Partey was a more vital acquisition.

But Arsenal have kept tabs on Aouar this season, with ace scoring six goals in 24 games.

Arteta still lacked funds in the January transfer window so had to make do with a loan for Real Madrid’s Martin Odegaard.

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But the Norwegian is yet to convince at the Emirates.

And Aouar is still seen as the man to inject some creative spark in the final third of Arsenal’s play.

However, Serie A champs Juventus are also keen to secure a deal for the Frenchman.

They look set to lose their title to Inter Milan in Andrea Pirlo’s first season at the helm.

And Juve chiefs are preparing to splash the cash in a bit to revitalise their stale squad.

Arsenal boss Mikel Arteta remains coy on whether he expects Lacazette to leave or not come the end of the season

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