Arsenal have been linked with the Frenchman but he could be bound for Serie A

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Arsenal have been repeatedly linked with Houssem Aouar, but could now face competition from Serie A.

Earlier this season, Olympique Lyonnais president Jean-Michel Aulas claimed on Twitter that the Gunners were in agreement with Aouar over a move, but that their valuation of the player wasn’t high enough.

It was reported by ESPN that Arsenal had submitted a bid in the region of £32m for the France international.

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Speculation linking Aouar with a move to London has been reignited in recent weeks, with journalist Fabrizio Romano telling The Arsenal Lounge that he expected the Premier League club to pursue him in the January transfer window.

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Now it is believed that Italy could be the player’s next destination.

Sky Sport Italia report that Juventus “remain vigilant” on the midfielder, having failed in their first attempt to bring him to Turin last summer.

They claim that the player could now end up playing for Andrea Pirlo, but that a move would not take place until this summer.

Aouar, valued at between £35m to £40m by Lyon in October according to France Football, made his debut for the French national team in October against Ukraine.

The 22-year-old has scored 27 goals in 152 appearances for Lyon.

One man who has arrived at the Emirates is Martin Ødegaard.

The 22-year-old has joined on loan from Real Madrid for the rest of the season, with the Norwegian attacking midfielder having failed to cement a regular place in Zinedine Zidane’s squad.

Speaking to the official Arsenal website after sealing his move, Ødegaard said: “I spoke to him (Mikel Arteta) before coming here, of course.

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“That was very important for me and he seems like a top manager and I liked his ideas, the way he sees football and also the way he is. 

“He gave me a great feeling and that was important for me to come here. He was crucial.

“I think every time you go to a new place, you want to make sure that it feels good and that there is a plan. But I think everything here just seems good. 

“I like the club and I always liked the way that the club wants to play. Everything about the club and now how the manager wants to play, I think it’s a club that really suits me well. So I think it’s a good match.”

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