Lyon midfielder Houssem Aouar could possibly be on the centre of a transfer tug of struggle, with a number of top European clubs involved in signing him.
The 22-year-old has had a powerful season with the Ligue 1 side, serving to them to a seventh-place finish within the league. After an excellent marketing campaign in his native France, he might nicely make a giant move overseas within the transfer window.
According to L’Équipe, Manchester City, Juventus and Arsenal are all eager on signing Aouar. City supervisor Pep Guardiola is said to be an enormous fan, and will nonetheless make a move regardless of signing Ferran Torres from Valencia earlier this week.
Lyon want at the least €60m for Aouar, which might make him the club’s costliest departure. OL would ideally like to promote him throughout the summer time transfer window, although club president Jean-Michel Aulas could be content material to keep him if they don’t get appropriate gives.
However, the French club might find it exhausting for his or her price tag to be met, amid the present world circumstances. The coronavirus pandemic goes to have monetary implications on this summer time’s transfer window, probably lowering transfer charges amid uncertainty for clubs round Europe.
Aouar has been at Lyon since 2009, when he joined the academy aged 11. He has since risen by the ranks up to the first crew, making his senior debut for Les Gones in a Europa League round of 32 tie in February 2017.
Having secured Champions League football for next season, City and Juventus might straight battle it out for Aouar’s signature. Although Arsenal certified for the Europa League by their FA Cup win, the Frenchman could also be keen to proceed enjoying in Europe’s premier competitors.
Aouar has 9 goals and eight assist this season, enjoying in 86.7% of Lyon’s games this season. He played a vital function in guiding OL to the Champions League quarter-finals, getting an assist in both legs as they beat Juventus on away goals.
Having progressed past Juve within the round of 16, Lyon will play Manchester City within the quarter-final on 15 August. It is their best Champions League marketing campaign in 10 years, the place they made it to the semi-finals before shedding to Bayern Munich.
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