Liverpool transfer business is always a mystery to us mere mortals. The Reds tend to act so swiftly and decisively that our speculation seems, for the most part, futile. But that won’t stop us speculating. We love it. This summer has seen Jürgen Klopp consistently linked with a move for Thiago Alcantara, even though his signing would break a lot of the sacred FSG transfer rules. According to a report in The Mail, alleged Liverpool target Houssem Aouar can leave Lyon this summer – he’d be a much more sensible signing than Thiago.
Liverpool linked with Aouar
David Maddock of The Mirror told the Blood Red podcast in June that Liverpool have been tracking Houssem Aouar for at least five years.
The 22-year-old French midfielder has allegedly been on the Reds’ radar since appearing against the club in youth tournaments as a teenager.
At the time Maddock thought the club’s valuation to be around €50-60m, an astronomical figure in the current climate.
Lyon to leat Aouar leave
The Mail has reported comments made by Lyon director Juninho to RMC Sport which indicate that Aouar will be allowed to leave the cub this summer.
The director remarked that the club are prepared to lose important players and are planning to balance the squad after the fact.
According to The Mail, Lyon would want £44m for their wonderkid midfielder.
Liverpool need Aouar over Thiago
For what feels like eternity the Reds have been linked with a move for Thiago Alcantara, last week Mundo Deportivo reported that a deal is ‘very likely’.
However, David Ornstein has reported that Bayern would want around €50m for the midfielder.
Given that Thiago is 29-years-old and Aouar is just 22-years-old it would make more sense for Liverpool to target Houssem Aouar.
We could get a few good years out of Thiago or for a few million quid less we could get a decade out of Aouar.
The Frenchman is an ideal FSG signing, he has played as a defensive midfielder, centre midfielder, attacking midfielder, on the left of the midfield and as a left forward this season. He is also young enough to justify a significant outlay.
The club are desperate for a flair midfielder, Aouar’s dribbling and passing ability could finally plug the gap left by Philippe Coutinho.