It is an open secret that Liverpool need to sign a midfielder.
According to the football transfer rumours in British and French media, Liverpool are eyeing move for Lyon midfielder Houssem Aouar.
The 22-year-old has been subject to interest from various European clubs.
The midfielder has featured in 24 matches for Lyon this term, netting 6 goals and providing 3 assists in all competitions.
The 22-year-old is considered to be one of the best midfielders in France. As a member of France national football team, Aouar won one cap.
His impressive performances this season have apparently caught the eye of some of Europe’s big clubs.
Liverpool are looking to sign a midfielder and have identified the 22-year-old as potential transfer target.
The Reds have built a reputation for recruiting young talent from within Europe, predominantly targeting those with sell-on value and immense potential.
Jürgen Klopp is a known admirer of the player and is reportedly keen on the idea of bringing him this summer.
Liverpool are in the market for just a handful of statement signings who can improve the first-team.
The France international will offer the Liverpool boss the freedom to be more flexible with his formations, tactics and team selections. He has the quality and the experience to make an immediate impact.
According to the report, “Liverpool are interested in signing Lyon midfielder Houssem Aouar to replace Gini Wijnaldum this summer. Aouar has caught the eye with the French giants, with strong speculation over the past year that he could move to Arsenal. The France international is currently valued at £54million, according to L’Equipe, and Jurgen Klopp has been keeping a close eye on his progress. With the Gunners and Juventus missing out last summer, a report states that Klopp wants Aouar to replace Wijnaldum. The Dutchman is expected to leave on a free this summer, with Inter Milan confident of striking a deal. Barcelona and PSG are also keen, but it seems likely that Inter will win the race. Aouar is being viewed as the perfect player to fill Wijnaldum’s Reds’ role. At 22 he also represents the future, given that is eight years younger than the Klopp favourite. The talented playmaker is well known for his technical ability and was once labelled ‘incredible’ by Man City boss Pep Guardiola. Aouar also has a knack of chipping in with goals and is regarded as a more creative option than Wijnaldum.”
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Liverpool will have to present a really enticing offer to bring Lyon to the negotiating table. The Reds have the resources to tempt them but it will be interesting to see if they are willing to overpay for the player.
Good signing for Liverpool?
It is smart from the club to invest in younger players, rather than splashing out big money on experienced players with no resale value.
Given Aouar’s talent and potential, he would be a very good signing for Liverpool in the long run.
If he turns out to be a star like many expect, it could be one of the club’s smartest transfers.
How strong that interest is and whether Liverpool will make a move remains to be seen but it is certainly one worth keeping an eye on.
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Bologna-born Giuseppe Bianchi has spent more than a decade living in Rome and writing about Italian football, Spanish football and the Premier League for various Italian football portals and now he writes about European football for Euro Football Rumours. He's been thinking about football transfers pretty much nonstop since the 1990 FIFA World Cup in Italy. Aside from writing, he likes to spend his time fishing and rock climbing.