Houssem Aouar is available to sign from Lyon, according to reports. So why aren’t Liverpool involved for a player they supposedly like?
Fabrizio Romano says no one is currently negotiating with Lyon for Houssem Aouar. He’s now expected to remain with the French club.
It’s a strange one. It wasn’t too long ago that Aouar was one of the brightest young players in French football. In fact, the Telegraph had his value at £54m last September.
Liverpool are supposedly big fans. The Mirror had him down as a priority target for 2020, though we imagine the price put the Reds off.
Not that this was a fleeting interest. Liverpool have reportedly tracked him for six years, identifying him as a player they could really use. And it was certainly easy to see why back in 2020 as Lyon and Aouar knocked Manchester City out of the Champions League.
Aouar was fantastic, showcasing a wide rage of skills that suit Liverpool. We talked him up quite a lot.
So if he’s available, why on earth aren’t Liverpool moving?
Houssem Aouar to remain with Lyon
We think there are two reasons for this. Firstly, Aouar didn’t play well last season. Enough so that his value supposedly tanked to around £17m for this window.
That will put teams off. You’d rather sign players on the way up then the way down. Thus Liverpool may see that as a £17m risk, rather than a £17m bargain.
The other reason is that both Curtis Jones and Harvey Elliott look like fantastic midfield options. They’re set for big roles this season but both are attack-minded centre-mids.
It could well be that Liverpool don’t want another one of those. Aouar is a forward-thinking midfielder – the Reds may no longer see room for him.
Admittedly, Naby Keita and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain are also attack-minded midfielders. That’s four players all wanting a similar role. Aouar may be one too many.
Now, why Liverpool aren’t looking for a defensive midfielder, we’re not sure. But there is some logic in not wanting Aouar anymore – even if he looked like a star at one point.