Arsenal sporting director Edu has told Lyon playmaker Lucas Paqueta that his team are ready to make a move for him during the current transfer window, according to reports in Brazil.
The South American midfielder was one of Lyon’s key performers last campaign as he has managed to found back of the net nine times and provided six assists in the French top-tier.
The North London giants have already strengthened Mikel Arteta’s midfield options with the £34 million addition of Fabio Vieira from Portugues giants, Porto last month.
However, according to Goal Brazil, the Gunners are also interested in adding Paqueta and Edu has told the playmaker’s agents that they want to make a formal offer ahead of the 2022/23 season.
The report suggests that Lyon are demanding €80 million (£67.6m) fee and Arsenal are keeping tabs on Paqueta’s situation.
Newcastle have also been rumoured with a move for the 24-year-old star, however, have not submitted an offer.
Speaking at the weekend, Lyon president Jean-Michel Aulas revealed that Paqueta has already attracted interest this summer.
‘There are proposals for him,’ said Aulas.
‘There are certain players who can feel complete in the project, and others who don’t.
‘Economically, we have the means to pursue our ideas and objectives.
‘The coach gave us his opinion and there is also what the players wants to do.’