Arsenal determined to agree deal of Lyon creative midfielder

Arsenal manager Mikel Arteta will prioritise a move for Lyon midfielder Houssem Aouar over Atletico Madrid star Thomas Partey if his transfer kitty forces him into a straight decision between the two men.

The Gunners have signed the likes of Gabriel, Pablo Mari and Willian so far this summer, as well as tying Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang down to a fresh long-term deal.

Arteta wants to make at least two further additions to his roster with Partey, the Ghana international, a leading target.

Thomas has a £45m release clause in his Atletico deal and he’s keen on a move to the Emirates.

Arteta has been informed he must sell before he can buy again and the Gunners have desperately been trying to raise funds by selling some of their deadwood.

Emiliano Martinez has signed for Aston Villa in a £20 million deal and Arteta will be given the money to reinvest in his team.

But Lyon value Aouar at around £60 million and he could command wages of around £100,000 per week.

Should Arsenal try to finance deals for Houssem and Thomas, the club are looking of an outlay of £130 million on the pair’s transfers and wages.

That’s not something that the north London side’s board are comfortable with sanctioning in the current financial climate and the Guardian state Arteta will prioritise a move for Les Gones ace if he has to choose between the two stars.

Mohamed Elneny started in the 3-0 win versus Fulham and Arteta has spoke glowingly of the Egypt international, meaning he could be set for an extended stay in the heart of the club’s midfield.