Lyon star Houssem Aouar is reportedly ready to join Arsenal, despite suggestions from Lyon's president Jean-Michel Aulas that the player could stay.

Aouar is one of the Gunners' top transfer targets this summer, along with Atletico Madrid midfielder Thomas Partey, and Italian transfer expert Fabrizio Romano is reporting that the Frenchman wants to join Arsenal.

Speaking on the Here We Go podcast, Romano said: "Obviously the club that is working to sign Aouar is Arsenal,"

"We have to say that Arsenal are convinced that if they could sell some players, and they have many in [Sead] Kolasinac, Sokratis [Papastathopoulos] and [Lucas] Torreira, many players to sell or loan out in the last two weeks, they can try again for Aouar.

Houssem Aouar, 22, could leave Lyon for the Premier League this summer
Houssem Aouar is one of Arsenal's top summer transfer targets

"Lyon are asking for €60million (£55m), so it’s complicated but the player would be ready to join the Premier League, would be ready to join Arsenal.

"The player would like to come to the Premier League and to join Arsenal but for now there are no negotiations. In July, they offered Guendouzi as part of the deal and they didn’t find an agreement.

Aouar impressed during Lyon's Champions League campaign last season

"Now it’s up to Arsenal if they sell players, I am convinced [they will make another offer]."

It comes after Aulas suggested Aouar could decides to stay at Lyon, telling French publication Le Progrès: "Financially, Arsenal are like everyone else [in a tricky spot]. And Houssem could say to himself that the best thing would be to stay with us."

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Speaking after the Gunners' 2-1 win over West Ham last weekend, Arteta spoke about his transfer plans, saying: "Well, depending on what happens with some other players, as I say again, we are open to discussions, the market can surprise us.

"Teams can come for any of our players in different positions and we have to react, like it happened with Emi. So let’s see what happens. Until the market is gone, everything is still open."