Zinedine Zidane, Real Madrid coach, has confirmed that the club will not try to sign Arsenal Hossam Al Awar goal before closing the transfer window on Monday.
Al-Awar is one of the most wanted players in Europe after his impressive performances with Lyon over the past few seasons, and Mikel Arteta is said to have identified him as his first goal.
They will face a competition for his signature, however, and the French PSG are also known to be interested.
Real Madrid was another club linked to Awar, but speaking at a news conference on Saturday, Zidane played down the rumors.
When asked about the player, he said: “I don’t know what information you have, and I have no doubt that he is a great player.”
“Maybe one day he could play for Real Madrid, but now we have a good team and focus on the players I have now.”
Despite Madrid’s apparent lack of interest in Aware, Arsenal still risked losing their signature due to their insistence that they were only willing to pay the £ 45m application fee in installments.
A £ 31m bid has already been turned down, and it remains to be seen whether they returned with one big bid before the transfer window closes on Monday.
Paris Saint-Germain manager Leonardo has already confirmed that they are chasing the limp, saying earlier this week: “At the moment it’s a bit complicated, it’s interesting for many clubs. It’s a dream for us.”
Meanwhile, Arteta appeared calm when asked about the club’s transfers after winning the Carabao Cup Liverpool Thursday.
He said, “Well, I’m very confident of what we’re trying to do internally.”
“[I am getting] Clarity and support from everyone in the club to try to improve the team if we can.
“But most importantly, is getting the right balance in the team, at the moment and the way we want to develop the team in the future.”