Lyon sporting director Juninho Pernambucano admits that the club will analyse any offers for Houssem Aouar. Liverpool reportedly want the player.
Juninho spoke at length about players potentially leaving Lyon. He talked about talents like Moussa Dembele and Memphis Depay but his comments on Aouar stand out from a Liverpool perspective.
“Houssem is trained here, he’s been here a long time,” Juninho said, per RMC Sport. “He brings [Lyon] the technical touch that is needed in the middle.
“But we know that most young players trained at the club have left at one time or another. The president will decide. If we receive proposals, we will analyse.”
This is roughly in line with recent reports on the player. ESPN, for instance, claimed last week that Lyon had to sell Aouar to balance the books and afford signings this summer.
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It’s all very significant for Liverpool. The Mirror said at the start of May that Aouar, along with Timo Werner, was one of two priority targets this summer.
Now, Werner appears a lost cause as the German reportedly heads to Chelsea. Aouar, on the other hand, is very available.
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It’s one thing having a report that states a club must sell a player. It’s another thing entirely when the club’s sporting director admits that such players tend to leave and that they’ll look at proposals.
We’re inclined to believe that Liverpool want Aouar. We trust the reports that link the two and we’ve long seen him as a great Kai Havertz alternative.
The only question is over money. That ESPN report has him down as a £45m player. In any other window, we’d believe Liverpool would pay that for a priority target. Right now, however, we don’t know.
Working in Liverpool’s favour is that there’s no time limit on this one. With Werner, they apparently wanted to wait it things out until the end of the window to see the financial situation. Chelsea’s move forced their hand, however, and they appear to be unwilling right now.
That could change down the line, you’d imagine. Hopefully they feel more willing to pay £45m for a player once the transfer window opens. Until then, we’ll just have to wait this one out ourselves.