Opinion: Lucky Liverpool as door finally opens for £17m long-term target


Opinion: Lucky Liverpool as Houssem Aouar interest pays off

Liverpool have seen their interest in Houssem Aouar pay off, according to reports. The Reds have wanted the Frenchman for a long time now.

ESPN reports that Liverpool still hold interest in Houssem Aouar. It’s becoming a Premier League-heavy race, however.

Tottenham Hotspur, Arsenal and Manchester United all want him, too, apparently. There’s no secret as to why, either – he’s had a major price cut.

Arsenal saw a bid of well over £30m rejected last year, say ESPN, but Lyon could now accept as low as £17m. And at that price, Liverpool can count themselves very lucky.

Liverpool hold Aouar interest

Liverpool appear to have had interest in Aouar for a very long time. A year ago, the Mirror reported that he was a priority target alongside Timo Werner.

The Reds couldn’t get either deal done, of course, but they clearly liked the look of the Frenchman. And they had a very good look – journalist David Maddock claimed they’d watched him for five years.

As for why they didn’t move, the reason seems clear. The Telegraph reported in September that Lyon wanted £54m for Aouar. Liverpool were never paying that.

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And now we’re talking £17m – what a slice of luck that is.

So why the price fall? Well, a season without fans naturally lowers prices, as does Aouar having a fairly subpar season by his standards.

But a financial crisis in French football will have the biggest effect, as the Athletic details here. That, above all, sees Aouar’s price fall by so much.

Liverpool have an opportunity, then, and it’s really fallen into their lap. The Reds could do with a new midfielder after Gini Wijnaldum’s exit and Aouar fits the bill.

Get this one done at a bargain price and it’ll be yet more Liverpool transfer business worth celebrating.

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