Liverpool are tracking Lyon star Houssem Aouar ahead of the upcoming transfer window, that is according to a report from The Sun.
The Reds are not the only club to be interested in the France U21 international – both Arsenal and Manchester City are also mentioned, although the Gunners are unlikely to be able to convince him to join due to their limited transfer budget. It is also suggested that both Juventus and Real Madrid have scouted him too.
The report also mentions that the Anfield outfit have already held talks in regards to the Lyon man, with the fee said to be £65m.
Liverpool’s regular midfield is currently comprised of Jordan Henderson, Georginio Wijnaldum and Fabinho. Henderson has been tipped to be named Premier League Player of the Season, whilst Fabinho was called the best defensive midfielder in the world by Gary Neville (Sky Sports via Metro) in September. Questions, though, remain over Wijnaldum.
The Netherlands international was a prolific goalscorer before making the switch to Merseyside. Before moving from Newcastle, he had scored at least 10 goals in three out of the previous four league campaigns, something he has failed to reproduce for the European champions. He has still managed to find the target on numerous occasions for his country – he was their highest scorer during qualifying for Euro 2021 – but that has led to some fans questioning why he has been unable to reproduce that form for his club.
Aouar could well be the player many want the 29-year-old to be. There is no doubt that he enjoys being involved in play going forward – he has nine goals and seven assists already this term for Les Gones, whilst he has four in 14 for the French under-21 side. Mainly a central midfielder, he has played both on the left-wing and in the number 10 role in the past which highlights his versatility.
Yes, he would represent a significant outlay, but he could be worth every penny. Michael Edwards and co should do all they can to sign him.
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