Houssem Aouar has seen his price plummet over £35m, according to reports. It creates an opportunity for Liverpool.
The Mirror put out an interesting report a little over a year ago now. They claimed Liverpool had two summer transfer targets for 2020 but weren’t sure if they could get them.
Those targets were Timo Werner and Houssem Aouar. Werner would join Chelsea, of course, after Liverpool pulled out of a deal. The pandemic was crippling finances and no one was very sure how much they had to spend.
Liverpool played it safe and simply waited. As did Aouar. He never left Lyon and remains there, despite interest from several clubs.
He was linked with Arsenal as late as September, with the Telegraph putting a price on his head: £54m. It was a steep price but one that made sense.
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After all, Aouar looked brilliant. We ended up writing about him quite a bit as he seemed a perfect fit for the Reds’ midfield.
But no one bought him.
And here we are a year later with Aouar still on the market. Only, circumstances have changed.
Aouar suffers price drop
Aouar didn’t have a great 20/21 season. He did pick up seven goals and three assists in Ligue 1 but his overall play wasn’t what it was.
Couple that with being another year further into his contract and Aouar has seen his price drop significantly, according to reports.
Le10Sport claims Aouar has an ‘unofficial exit ticket’ to leave Lyon this summer. Arsenal are all over that, apparently, and have made an offer.
The low-end of that offer is just £17m – over £35m under last year’s price. Le10Sport believes that’s not at all far off what Lyon want.
If that’s true, Liverpool surely must get involved here. This is a player Liverpool reportedly tracked for five years and he’s still a player who fits well with them. One bad season doesn’t change that – especially when he’s still just 23.
Gini Wijnaldum’s exit creates a gap in the squad and Aouar would be a sensational replacement for just £17m. The high-end price is apparently £21m. Even that would look like great business.
We just can’t imagine Liverpool find a better midfielder than Aouar for a price that low. Especially not one they reportedly also rate highly enough to make him a priority target.
If that figure is even close to being accurate, we’ll surely see Liverpool ask. Reports as recent as March say they’re still interested. Let’s hope that’s the case.