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Mark Ogden told ESPN that Tottenham have the ‘best idea’ to try and sign reported Arsenal target Houssem Aouar.

The English journalist suggested that ‘a deal will happen’ for Aouar this summer given the ‘scramble’ for his signature, with Arsenal and Spurs some of the chasers. 

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It was well-documented last summer that the Gunners wanted to sign Aouar, but a deal didn’t materialise. 

Both North London sides need a creative talent and an expert ball-carrier in their team this summer and Aouar ticks those boxes.

Ogden suggested that Tottenham’s idea of using Tanguy Ndombele in a potential deal is the ‘best idea’ put forward, but finances make that deal pretty unlikely to happen. 

“The problem with this deal is that Ndombele earns quite a lot of money,” said Ogden. 

“He would be Lyon’s biggest earner by some way if he went back to Lyon, so the finances might not stack up. 

“Aouar is a player who Arsenal were very keen to get him last year but it didn’t quite happen. I think there is going to be a bit of a scramble for him.

“He is obviously available this summer. If he’s looking at clubs likes Man United, Liverpool, Tottenham and Arsenal then I think a deal will get done. 

“But, right now, Spurs seem to have the best idea with a player swap. I just don’t see how it stacks up in terms of the finances.”

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It does seem as though if someone with heavy pockets or a bit of risk puts serious money on the table for Aouar then he would join. 

Aouar does have a sense of unpredictability to his game and that raw talent makes the frustrations in his game worthwhile. 

Given that the distraction of Euro 2020 is now over, it won’t be a surprise if this summer transfer starts to become a lot more aggressive during these next few weeks. 

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