Mikel Arteta has reportedly given the green light for technical director Edu to push to sign Lucas Paqueta, as the Arsenal board look to finance a deal for the Lyon midfielder.
The Gunners are still on the lookout for another midfielder this summer after adding Fabio Vieira from Porto already this summer.
And a report on Tuesday claimed Edu ‘has already informed the player’s staff that it wants to formalise a proposal in the current European transfer window’.
Lyon want €80m (£68m) for Paqueta, who has scored seven goals in 33 caps for Brazil, but Arsenal are ‘yet to send a formal offer’ to the Ligue 1 giants.
But a further report from UOL (via Metro), claims Arteta ‘has personally approved Arsenal’s move for Paqueta and the Gunners’ hierarchy are now discussing the financial aspect of the deal’.
It’s claimed the Gunners are hopeful they can land Paqueta for a significantly lower fee than the Ligue 1 club are demanding.
But Lyon are in a strong position with Paqueta contracted for another three seasons after signing in September 2020 from Milan for €20m.
The 24-year-old, who’s also a target of Newcastle, was one of Lyon’s top stars last season, with nine goals and six assists as he was voted the best foreign player in the French top flight.
The French club’s president Jean-Michel Aulas recently admitted that there had been “proposals” for Paqueta.
“There are proposals for him,” Aulas told reporters.
“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.”
When asked about the Brazilian midfielder’s future, Aulas said: “The coach gave us his opinion and there is also what the players wants to do.”
Lyon boss Peter Bosz has previously stated: “I want to keep all the good players, but you also have to be realistic.
“Lucas is a very important player, but it depends on what the player wants. I already had a conversation with him, but that will be between us.”