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Juventus ‘wary of Arsenal threat’ in Houssem Aouar transfer battle

Italian giants Juventus are planning a move for Lyon playmaker Houssem Aouar during the January transfer window, but they will need to ‘watch out’ for Arsenal in the battle for his signature.

A report from Tuttosport claims that the 22-year-old is being tracked by the defending Serie A champions.

Aouar was heavily linked with a move to Arsenal throughout the summer, but ultimately a deal failed to materialise with the North London club opting to sign Thomas Partey on deadline day instead.

Juventus have already added a number of quality young players to their squad in recent months, with Weston McKennie, Dejan Kulusevski and Federico Chiesa joining over the summer.

However, Andrea Pirlo’s side are not yet satisfied, with ‘no lack of ideas’ on how to best use the transfer market to their advantage.

Houssem Aouar could still be on Arsenal’s transfer radar
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Recruiting Aouar is said to be one of the ‘most concrete’ solutions being considered by Juventus as they look to improve their midfield, but any successful transfer will be ‘dependent on the competition’.

There is a possibility of Arsenal, who backed manager Mikel Arteta financially during the summer window, rekindling their interest in the France international mid-season.

Despite this, the basics for a deal with Juve are ‘all there’.

Aouar provided seven assists in all competitions last season for Lyon and is considered to be one of the brightest talents currently plying his trade in the French top flight.

His international debut came earlier this month, starting in midfield and providing two assists as France thumped Ukraine 7-1.

The player is contracted to Lyon until 2023, having penned a five-year extension in 2018 at the end of his breakthrough season.

With just under three years still left to run on the deal, the Ligue 1 outfit will hoping to secure a sizeable fee for his services should they decide to cash in.

Original article: https://www.dailystar.co.uk/sport/football/juventus-wary-arsenal-threat-houssem-22865717

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