first_img Metro Sport ReporterTuesday 29 Sep 2020 1:34 pmShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link9.1kShares Advertisement 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. ADVERTISEMENTHis 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. Comment Advertisement 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. AdvertisementAdvertisementLyon 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. More: FootballRio Ferdinand urges Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to drop Manchester United starChelsea defender Fikayo Tomori reveals why he made U-turn over transfer deadline day moveMikel Arteta rates Thomas Partey’s chances of making his Arsenal debut vs Man City‘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.’Follow Metro Sport across our social channels, on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.For more stories like this, check our sport page.MORE: Jurgen Klopp argues with Man Utd hero Roy Keane after Liverpool beat ArsenalMORE: Manchester United submit opening bid for Porto star Alex Telleslast_img

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