But the 22-year-old was hardly giving in when asked about his future by L’Équipe.
The central midfielder was asked if it would be difficult to leave Lyon without having had the chance to say goodbye to fans, as supporters are not yet allowed to return to stadiums amid the coronavirus pandemic.
“I haven’t left yet. So I didn’t ask that question, ”he replied.
Aouar was then asked if he felt it was a bad idea to leave Lyon before the Euro 2020 final postponed next summer, with the selection for the France team likely to be top of the line. his agenda for next season.
But the interviewer received an equally timid response, Aouar repeating: “I haven’t left yet! ”
According to Get Football News France, the interviewer then tried a different approach, saying, “We’re going to ask the question again, in a different way – today what do you want to do? ”
But Aouar gave no joy to his interrogator, contenting himself with turning to Lyon’s Ligue 1 match against Dijon on Friday.
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“This one is very hard,” laughed the French U21 midfielder. “I want us to start the championship well. And that we beat Dijon, to begin with. ”
It has been reported that Champions League semi-finalists Lyon have slapped a £ 54million price tag on Aouar and only want cash – which could put him out of Arsenal’s reach .
Atletico Madrid midfielder Thomas Partey has been on Arsenal’s radar all summer but the Gunners face a similar problem there, with the La Liga side demanding to pay their release clause of £ 45million.
Roma star Amadou Diawara could be a cheaper option for Arsenal, the 23-year-old potentially available for around £ 27million, according to Talksport .