Arsenal could revive Houssem Aouar transfer bid and finally land long-term target as Lyon star runs down contract

ARSENAL could revive their transfer pursuit of Houssem Aouar and finally land the long-term target, according to reports.

The Gunners have been linked with the Lyon midfielder for a number of years, especially when Mesut Ozil's future was unclear.

But after speculation cooled amid Martin Odegaard's arrival and Emile Smith Rowe's rise, a move may be back on.

Aouar's contract at Lyon expires in June 2023 – but he shows no signs of penning an extension despite joining the club way back in 2009 aged 11.

And the fact the 23-year-old Frenchman changed agents to IMC Stellar Sports at the beginning of this year further implies he will be packing his bags.

Now Calciomercarto report the Gunners are prepared to go back in for Aouar in the summer to complete a cut-price deal.

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Arsenal tried to sign the one-cap France international last summer and did hold talks with his representatives.

Aouar, who was also previously linked with Liverpool, was still keen to secure a transfer to the Emirates even when a deal fell through.

Lyon president Jean-Michel Aulas' demands were too high – although he will likely be more open to negotiation considering his star's contract situation.

The report adds Italy could be an alternative destination with Juventus and Inter Milan said to be interested.

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