Liverpool have tracked Houssem Aouar for at least five years, according to one journalist. The Reds reportedly want the Frenchman this summer.
This is according to David Maddock, who gave an interview for the Liverpool Echo’s Blood Red podcast. Maddock is adamant that Liverpool won’t take any major risks this summer, citing Aouar as a good example.
“It’s so vital not to spend massive amounts of money on signings – and Aouar is a really good example,” said Maddock. “They’ve tracked him, there’s absolutely no doubt, since before he got into the Lyon first team. He was involved in youth-level tournaments where Liverpool became first aware of him.
“[Lyon] would realistically want to get the best part of £50-60m for him, which they’re not going to.”
He goes on to say that a transfer will be difficult this year. Unless, of course, Lyon drop their asking price – which they may well do in order to sign players.
This isn’t the first time that Maddock has put Liverpool and Aouar together. He did so at the start of May in an article for the Mirror. There, he claims that Aouar and Timo Werner were the main targets for the summer window that never happened.
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Add a few things together and this one looks quite feasible, actually. ESPN, for instance, reported recently that Lyon will look to sell Aouar in order to fund transfers.
That supports Maddock’s claim that Lyon could drop his asking price in such a situation. On top of that, Lyon’s sporting director Juninho Pernambucano admitted in the last few days that Aouar could leave and that they’ll analyse any proposal for the player.
Maddock’s claim that Liverpool have tracked him since before his first-team debut suggests they’ve wanted Aouar for at least five years. You’d have to imagine, then, that they would move for the player if he’s available for a decent price this summer.
And with all the talk going around, he very well might be.