Liverpool have received a boost in their pursuit of Lyon midfielder Houssem Aouar as manager Jurgen Klopp looks to bolster his engine room options.
The Reds have been linked with a move for the technically gifted 23-year-old in recent weeks after Gini Wijnaldum’s departure left a substantial gap in the club’s first-team squad.
And now, according to Get French Football News (GFFN), Lyon are considering allowing Aouar to leave the Groupama Stadium on a loan deal with an obligation to buy after receiving less interest in the academy graduate this summer than 12 months ago.
It follows on from a report in RMC Sport (as relayed by GFFN) reported last week that claimed Lyon coach Peter Bosz and sporting director Juninho had included Aouar on a list of players available for transfers due to their “poor attitude” following a recent loss to Angers.
Aouar has cultivated a reputation as one of Ligue 1’s most exciting young prospects in recent years, scoring 32 goals and providing 32 assists in 173 appearances for his boyhood club.
However, his underlying numbers are arguably just as impressive. As per WhoScored, Aouar recorded an average of 2.3 shots, 1.3 key passes and 1.5 dribbles per game last season, highlighting his outstanding ability with the ball at his feet.
The France international’s potential was first witnessed on English shores when Lyon took on Manchester City in the Champions League back in 2018, leading to Pep Guardiola showering the youngster in praise.
“Houssem Aouar is a very good player. He is incredible,” said the Spanish tactician. “We talk a lot about (Tanguy) Ndombele, but Aouar is also excellent. He’s always very calm with the ball at his feet, with an excellent technical quality.”
Therefore, Klopp would surely love to bring him to Anfield before the August 31 deadline, significantly strengthening his options in the middle of the pitch in the process.
Liverpool have been working with an extremely limited transfer budget over the summer and have had to watch their domestic rivals spend big money on several superstar additions.
But with Lyon now reportedly willing to let Aouar leave on an initial loan deal, bringing the creative talent to Merseyside could now be a realistic prospect and one that Michael Edwards should certainly explore.