Liverpool are said to have entered the race to sign Houssem Aouar from Lyon this summer.
This comes after Lyon slashed his price tag due to financial issues.
Le 10 Sport report that the French outfit will not be able to afford not to sell him if an offer of over €20m (£17m) comes in. This is despite the fact that their new manager, Peter Bosz, is a huge fan of the player.
Arsenal were already keen on signing Aouar, with ESPN now reporting that Liverpool, Manchester United and Tottenham have joined the race.
Liverpool are on the lookout for a Gini Wijnaldum replacement. Almost every centre-midfielder in Europe has been linked at this stage.
Aouar is the latest, and his incredibly cheap price tag must make him a real option.
The Reds have seemingly been monitoring the Frenchman for a few years.
Arsenal are still said to be in pole position, but you have to assume that if Liverpool push hard, Aouar would choose to go to Anfield.
Will Liverpool sign Houssem Aouar? – RTK View
We all know that Liverpool are hoping to sign a central midfielder this summer.
Considering that they already have Thiago and Jordan Henderson in the position, they are probably hoping to sign a younger talent.
Having only recently turned 23, Aouar is exactly that. He has been one of the continent’s most promising midfielders for a few years now.
His game is mainly based on the attacking side of things.
He is in the 99th percentile among midfielders in Europe for numerous stats like non-penalty xG, shots, dribbles completed, touches in the attacking penalty area and progressive passes received per 90.
He scored seven goals and got three assists in 30 Ligue 1 games last season.
The one-cap France international has similar ball-retention abilities to Wijnaldum, as well as an excellent football brain.
The only thing that may turn Jurgen Klopp off him is his lack of defensive output. Aouar made just 1.8 tackles and interceptions per 90 in 2020/21.
However, this was up at 3.5 in 2017/18, which proves that he is capable of doing it.
Considering the potential that he has, signing Aouar for under £20m is an absolute steal. His value was around £54m only a few months ago.
He may not have been the No 1 target heading into this summer. But we all know that if Michael Edwards senses an opportunity that is too good to turn down, he will go for it.