Tottenham Hotspur have entered the race to sign Houssem Aouar this summer…
That’s according to The Mirror, who claimed that the north London outfit are looking to add creativity to their midfield before next season, and the 22-year-old maestro is on new sporting director Fabio Paratici’s list of targets.
They’ll have to battle their arch-rivals Arsenal for his signature, though, and they have held an interest in the Lyon star for a while, having tried to sign him last summer.
He has two years to run on his current contract but the Ligue 1 outfit are ready to cash in due to the financial impact of the pandemic. As a result, Aouar could be available for as little as £20m.
The France international would certainly be an interesting candidate to fill Spurs’ creative void and it would be even better to pip the Gunners to his signature.
They have lacked a midfielder capable of feeding Harry Kane and Heung-min Son ever since Christian Eriksen swapped the English capital for Milan.
Smarter Scout have previously described the £36m-rated dynamo as a “prolific dribbler,” “skilful” and a “very good finisher”, and that’s not just backed up by his goal returns but also by his averages of 2.3 shots, 1.5 dribbles and 1.3 key passes per league game last term.
By comparison, Tottenham’s most creative player was Son (two key passes per game), whilst Kane (1.4) is the only other player to exceed the Lyon playmaker’s numbers in that respect, as per WhoScored. It clearly shows that the likes of Tanguy Ndombele, Giovani Lo Celso and Dele Alli are underachieving right now.
However, it is Aouar’s fellow Frenchman who could benefit most from his arrival in N17 as the pair were a force to be reckoned with at Lyon. Across 85 matches together, the duo combined for 18 goals and 30 assists, with the current Spurs beast playing a little deeper behind the 5 foot 9 gem, as per Transfermarkt.
For just £20m, Spurs would be crazy to not pull the trigger this summer.
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