Manchester City are reportedly in the mix to sign Lyon midfielder Houssem Aouar this summer – a move which could have implications for Phil Foden at the Etihad Stadium.
French media outlet L’Equipe reported [via Sport Witness] that the Premier League champions, along with Juventus, have “positioned themselves” to sign the 21-year-old, who was also approached by Pep Guardiola’s side last year.
Central midfielder Aouar has impressed for Lyon this season, scoring nine goals and supplying seven assists in 37 games for Les Gones and setting up his team’s winner against Juventus in the first leg of their Champions League last 16 clash. [via TransferMarkt]
The well-rounded 21-year-old has shown several strings to his bow in his team’s European campaign – a match average of 2.2 successful tackles shows that he is more than willing to get stuck in, while averages of 1.6 key passes and 4.2 successful dribbles per game indicate that he uses possession wisely as well as winning it regularly. His drawing of 2.6 fouls per game also shows that he gets plenty of attention from opposition defences. [via WhoScored]
David Silva’s departure from the Etihad this summer will leave a central midfield vacancy to fill in the squad, with Manchester City academy graduate Foden surely eyeing up the chance to step into that void.
However, Aouar’s potential arrival at the Etihad would likely see him being parachuted in ahead of Foden in the central midfield pecking order.
The English midfielder, who turned 20 last week, already has 62 appearances and 10 goals so far in his senior club career, a more than respectable tally for a player so young. However, substitute appearances account for a huge chunk of those – he has still made only six Premier League starts.
Do you think Houssem Aouar's arrival at Man City would negatively impact Phil Foden's development?
Aouar is just two years older than Foden but already has 133 senior games under his belt and 24 goals. Notably, he has been a regular starter in Ligue 1 for the past three seasons – by the time of his 20th birthday in June 2018, he had started 27 games in the French top flight (as per WhoScored).
Valued at £44.55m by TransferMarkt, the Lyon midfielder will not come cheap and Guardiola isn’t likely to spend that amount on a player to warm the bench behind a comparatively green academy graduate. Foden’s prospects of becoming a first team stalwart could take a major setback if Aouar pitches up at the Etihad over the summer.
Man City fans, do you think Foden could seek a move away from the Etihad if Aouar comes in and blocks his path to the first XI? Have your say by commenting below!
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