Arsenal ready for Houssem Aouar battle as Chelsea brace for £40m Tammy Abraham bid
Tottenham are ready to battle Arsenal for Lyon midfielder Houssem Aouar.
The Gunners have a long-term interest in the France international, having tried to sign him last summer.
However, Spurs are also looking to add creativity to their midfield and the 22-year-old is on new managing director of football Fabio Paratici’s list of targets.
Aouar scored seven goals and chipped in with three assists in Ligue 1 last season to help Lyon finish fourth.
He still has two years to run on his contract, but Lyon are ready to cash in as they contend with the financial fallout of the coronavirus pandemic.
Aston Villa want Abraham return
Aston Villa are ready to spend up to £40million to take Tammy Abraham from Chelsea.
The 23-year-old striker has been told he can leave Stamford Bridge as he does not feature in Thomas Tuchel’s plans.
And that has opened the door for boss Dean Smith at Villa, where Abraham had a successful loan spell in 2018-19 – helping them win promotion back to the Premier League.
Crystal Palace and West Ham have been credited with an interest in the player, although Hammers boss David Moyes made it clear Chelsea’s asking price was too high.
The fee is not a problem for Villa’s wealthy owners, with or without the £100m Manchester City are keen to give them for Jack Grealish. And, with Abraham open to a move back to the West Midlands, Villa are ready to pounce.
Abraham, capped six times by England, would become Villa’s record signing – breaking the £34.5m they paid Norwich this summer for Emi Buendia.