Liverpool may have missed the boat on a transfer for Houssem Aouar. The Frenchman was reportedly a summer priority for the Reds.
Liverpool reportedly went into the previous transfer window with eyes on Houssem Aouar. The Mirror claimed back then that Liverpool saw Aouar as a ‘priority’, along with Timo Werner.
It was a potential transfer that excited us, too. Aouar is a very gifted young midfielder and one with a huge future ahead of him. You need only look at his display against Manchester City to see why, as we highlighted here.
And we’d still like him at Anfield. Thiago, Gini Wijnaldum and Jordan Henderson are all pushing 30. There are doubts over the long-term viability of Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain and Naby Keita. A new attacking midfielder like Aouar fits the bill nicely, then.
He’s still only 22 but has nearly 150 games under his belt for Lyon and France. But unfortunately, Liverpool may have missed the boat on this one.
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Aouar was apparently available this summer, too. Right up until the end, in fact, as the Telegraph said Lyon wanted £54m for the player. That’s not a bad price for a player of Aouar’s age and quality, in our eyes.
But at a time when Liverpool couldn’t justify £50m on Timo Werner, they weren’t going to justify a big spend on Aouar, either. And by the time they may have, they’d moved onto Thiago and decided on Diogo Jota as a big signing.
Now, Aouar will reportedly be up for grabs at the end of the season. But it appears that everyone has caught on to just how good he is. TuttoSport claims Juventus and Paris Saint-Germain will fight for the player in 2021.
In that case, we can see his price soaring well above £54m and he’ll likely be prohibitively expensive for Liverpool. They have Thiago as a playmaker over the next few years, so the 22-year-old won’t be a big priority to spend a fortune on. Unfortunately, as good as Aouar is, the timing just hasn’t lined up.