Zinedine Zidane offers Arsenal boost after dismissing interest in Houssem Aouar

Real Madrid manager Zinedine Zidane has claimed that the club will not be attempting to sign Arsenal target Houssem Aouar before the transfer window closes on Monday.

Aouar is one of the most highly-sought after players in Europe following his impressive performances for Lyon over the last few seasons, and Mikel Arteta is said to have identified him as his No.1 target.

They will face competition for his signature, however, with French side PSG also known to be interested.

Madrid were another club linked with Aouar, but speaking at a press conference on Saturday Zidane played down the rumours.

When asked about the player, he said: "I don't know what information you have. I have no doubt he is a great player.

"Maybe one day he could play for Madrid, but right now we have a good squad and my focus is on the players I have now."

Despite Madrid's apparent lack of interest in Aouar, Arsenal still risk missing out on his signing due to the fact they are insistent they are only willing to pay the £45m asking fee in installments.

They have already had a £31m bid rejected, and it remains to be seen if they come back with one big offer before the transfer window closes on Monday.

PSG director Leonardo has already confirmed they are also chasing Aouar, saying earlier this week: “Right now it is a bit complicated, he is interesting a lot of clubs. He is a dream for us.”

Arteta, meanwhile, appeared calm when asked about the club's transfer business after their Carabao Cup win against Liverpool on Thursday.

"Well, I am very confident in what we are trying to do internally," he said.

"[I am getting] clarity and support from everybody at the club to try and improve the team if we can.

"But most importantly as well, to get the right balance in the squad, for now and the way we want to evolve the squad in the future."

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