According to the latest reports from French publication L’Equipe, reported Liverpool target Houssem Aouar will cost up to €60M (£54M) which effectively rules out any prospect of the Reds moving in for the France international.
David Maddock of The Mirror recently told the Blood Red podcast back in June that Liverpool have been tracking Houssem Aouar for at least five years.
Aouar, 22, has been on the scouting network at Anfield for quite some time since appearing against Liverpool in youth tournaments as a teenager.
The report from L’Equipe claims that Lyon’s victory against Juventus in the Champions League last-16 ensured the Ligue 1 outfit are in a financially more secure position to command a higher asking price for Aour whose increased exposure in recent weeks have seen his value skyrocket.
Lyon want €60m for Houssem Aouar this summer when it is all said & done – buying clubs would have had a better chance on getting that ask down had OL not beaten Juventus, both because of the finances that win brought in & increased exposure for the player to European markets.
— Get French Football News (@GFFN) August 14, 2020
The Mail recently reported that Lyon could settle for a fee of around £44 million, which even then in the current economic climate is an astronomical figure.
This followed comments made from Lyon director Juninho to RMC Sport who indicated that Aouar will be allowed to leave the club this summer if the club’s valuation was met.
However, Lyon’s most recent asking price is simply too much to justify and considering reports that Liverpool have just £50 million to spend on players this summer, a move for Aouar just isn’t going to happen.
Given Aouar is just 22, the talented midfielder could have represented a long-term viable option in midfield for Jurgen Klopp.
Thiago the priority for Liverpool
Liverpool are reportedly in the hunt for Bayern Munich’s Thiago Alcantara who at 29, represents a more experienced yet short-term option to Aouar.
David Ornstein of The Athletic has reported that Bayern are currently demanding around €30m for the midfielder.
Recent reports indicate Liverpool have finally made contact with the Bundesliga champions and negotiations are in the opening stage.
Thiago has just one year on his current contract in Germany and according to transfer guru Fabrizio Romano, this is where the difficulties lie as Liverpool are not prepared to pay anywhere close to the €30m asking price Bayern are currently holding out for.
I heard liverpool dropped the idea to sign him. Are they still pursuing?
— Sanjeev Jasani (@sanjeevjasani) August 13, 2020
Plausibility and cost will determine whether Liverpool deem there is sufficient value in a player who is approaching the latter stages of his career.
It’s an area in the team that perhaps requires the least cover and because of this Liverpool will feel they hold all the cards at the negotiations table.
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