It’s not clear how things will pan out in the transfer window this summer but rumours clearly show Houssem Aouar has a lot of admirers.
The midfielder broke into Lyon’s first team in 2017 and is being touted as a future star, having been labelled as ‘incredible’ by Manchester City boss Pep Guardiola.
And it looks like a few big Premier League clubs are tracking the 21-year-old with the The Sun reporting Liverpool, Arsenal and City are interested in the £65million-rated Aouar.
City fans may be familiar with the France youth international, having faced him during the group stage of last season’s Champions League.
However, Aouar is still a relatively unknown quantity to some Premier League followers so talkSPORT.com gives you an idea of where he would play at Liverpool, Arsenal and City.
If there’s one thing the Premier League leaders are possibly lacking, it’s a creative midfielder.
Jurgen Klopp’s system requires the three midfielders to be workhorses but more and more teams are getting behind the ball when they come up against Liverpool.
This is where Aouar would come in as he’s a skilful player with an eye for a pass that could prise open stout defences and feed the deadly front three of Mohamed Salah, Roberto Firmino and Sadio Mane.
We’ve stuck him on the left of the midfield three alongside Fabinho and club captain Jordan Henderson, meaning Aouar would have to compete with the likes of Georginio Wijnaldum, Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain and Naby Keita for a starting spot, while local lad Curtis Jones may get more opportunities with the senior squad next season.
Aouar is also someone who likes to win the ball back off the opposition in dangerous positions and he’d surely get better at that under Klopp.
Aouar is primarily a central midfielder but can also play on the left which is where he could be if he signs for Arsenal.
Mikel Arteta favours a 4-2-3-1 formation and seems keen to make Mesut Ozil his man in the no.10 role.
As promising as Aouar is, his vision and passing is not as good as Ozil’s when both are at their best.
Placing Aouar, who has decent speed too, on the left would also enable Arteta to get Pierre-Emerick Aubameuang as the main striker instead of out on the wing too. This is providing the Gabon international doesn’t leave, of course.
Aouar would have to prove his worth at the Emirates Stadium with young players like Gabriel Martinelli and Bukayo Saka, who can both play on the left, enjoying decent seasons.
David Silva’s upcoming departure will leave a huge hole in the City midfield.
Academy graduate Phil Foden is seen as the natural heir to the Spaniard’s throne but maybe Pep Guardiola sees Aouar as someone who can follow Silva’s act.
Aouar has experience in an attacking midfield role and is at his best when dribbling the ball in from the left wing which means he could definitely slot right into Silva’s spot.
One area Aouar must work on is his finishing, however. He has three goals in 25 Ligue 1 appearances this season but City is a club where any player in midfield and attack will get plenty of opportunities to score.
Speaking about potentially playing for City and Guardiola, Aouar said in 2019 he all players would love to play for Europe’s biggest clubs.
Guardiola, whos City side drew with Lyon in a 2018 Champions League game is a fan, too. “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.”
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