Lyon have set Arsenal a deadline of Friday, October 2nd, if they want to bid for playmaker Houssem Aouar.
The French midfielder remains a priority target signing for the Gunner who had an initial bid of £32 million turned down by the French club.
Now they are ready to increase their offer to £36.5 million with a further £9 million in performance related bonuses.
However, Lyon are determined to try and force their hand and have apparently told Arsenal that if they fail to make an acceptable offer by Friday, then any deal is off the table.
Previously, Lyon President Jean-Michel Aulas had raised doubts as to whether the London club had the e money to buy Aouar and had held fast to their valuation of the player at £54 million.
There are now indications, with the player wanting to leave the club, that they are now prepared to accept less, given the market restrictions because of the global pandemic.
Andy is an exiled English football fan living in Cyprus. He loves all sports but football is his abiding passion, and he still has dreams every now and then about scoring the winning goal in a Wembley Cup Final, even though his playing days are long gone. He follows most major leagues, across Europe at least, and has a favoured team in each. When he’s not watching, listening, reading or downloading podcasts about football, he spend his time worrying about his beloved Arsenal.