Houssem Aouar reportedly has ‘no intention of being part of Peter Bosz’s project’ and they would accept around to €25m.
French journalist Julien Laurens broke the news for ESPN that Liverpool, Manchester United, Spurs and Arsenal are interested in Aouar.
— Julien Laurens (@LaurensJulien) July 16, 2021
I wrote on Friday that I don’t think the midfielder is the best option out there for Liverpool but Jurgen Klopp obviously knows better than me.
The German is currently in Austria with his squad for pre-season while Michael Edwards is on Merseyside trying his best to get the club’s summer business in order.
Update on Auoar’s future
GFFN, a well-known source for French football news, has claimed that Aouar has no intention of playing for Lyon again.
They reported on Twitter: “The player continues to have no intention of being part of Peter Bosz’s project – initially this was problematic for Lyon, but as they have virtually 0 offers on any other players & must raise they are resigned to selling. OL would like €25m inc. bonuses.
“The longer the window drags on, the more likely an offer of closer to €20m would suffice. Contrary to reports elsewhere, no club has made a formal offer yet but OL hoping for that to change very soon. Questions over how serious Premier League interest currently is.
“Last year, Lyon’s negotiation strategy was to demand €50m all in & stick with it. This year, looks increasingly likely that they are happy to have a lower price being briefed in the media with the hope that they can get multiple clubs involved & incite a bidding war.”
Liverpool can capitalise on this
While I said on Friday that I would prefer for Liverpool to target Renato Sanches instead, if Aouar is a target for the Reds, it seems as though he will be an affordable one.
The main positive about signing the 23-year-old is that he has a fantastic injury record.
In six years, he has been absent just three times and one of those occasions was due to a COVID-19 infection and his total absenteeism in his career amounts to just 38 days.
Given that Georginio Wijnaldum played more games for Liverpool than any other player during his time at the club, replacing him with someone with similar fitness is important.
This is underlined by the effect that injuries had on the Reds’ campaign last season.