Lyon have made final decisions on the future of Houssem Aouar and Memphis Depay and the pair will not be leaving before the October 5 deadline. It’s a cruel blow for Mikel Arteta, who will now miss out on his top transfer target.
The Gunners have upped their pursuit of the Frenchman is the past few weeks with Edu looking to close a deal.
Arsenal saw their opening offer of £32million turned down by Lyon, who were looking for closer to the £40m mark.
Lyon president Jean-Michel Aulas made it clear that Arsenal had until Friday to get any potential deal over the line.
Now the club are being true to their word and have confirmed to RMC Sport, that both Aouar and Depay will be staying at Lyon until at least January.
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Sead Kolasinac could be set to join Bayer Leverkusen while William Saliba could also leave on loan.
It now appears time has run out for Arteta to bring Aouar through the door, with 48 hours remaining in the transfer market.
Heading into the summer, Thomas Partey was Arsenal’s top target in midfield.
Talks were held with Atletico and Arsenal proposed two player-plus-cash offers for the player involving Matteo Guendouzi.
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