20/08/2021; 8:07 AM By : Steven D. Thompson
According to reports, Tottenham are the latest side to show interest in Lyon star Houssem Aouar.
The Frenchman’s future at Lyon has been a subject of interest since last summer. Aouar was the Gunners’ top target in the summer of 2020 but the Gunners failed to thrash out an agreement with the Lyon hierarchy, having seen two formal bids rejected.
Many believed the Gunners would intensify their efforts this summer but it seemed quite the opposite. Instead, Arsenal chased other targets in James Maddison and Martin Odegaard and it now appears they will sign the latter on a permanent deal.
Given one less suitor off the table, another north London side in Tottenham are ready to try their luck with Houssem Aouar.
Last summer, it was reported that Lyon were holding out for a £50m fee from the Gunners. The Gunners were only willing to offer around £30m, hence the deal never happened. However, circumstances have changed and Lyon could be willing to sell Aouar for even less than £25m, claims the Daily Mirror.
The player has only two years left on his contract and failure to sign an extension this season means they face the prospect of losing a ‘prized asset’ for free.
Aouar impressed for Lyon last term and was one of their top performers for the second season in succession.
Lyon’s desperation to sell at the moment means any club that puts in a decent offer might get a swift and likely positive response regarding the Frenchman.
It is no surprise that Spurs’ new boss Nuno Espirito Santo is eager to bolster his squad before the season gets into full swing. Tottenham might have defeated reigning champions Manchester City on the opening day of the season but it was easy to see that they still need a creative engine in their midfield ranks.
Considering the fact that Tottenham could still lose Harry Kane this window, it makes it all the more important that they sign a creative name.
Aouar could come in and fill that role and thrive playing right behind the striker, which could still be Kane depending on how things turn out.
It remains to be seen how eager or serious Tottenham are to see out this deal but they do boast a strong chance of signing the 23-year-old.
On paper, it does seem like a move that favours all parties and it is now left to Spurs to build on their interest and fend off other suitors as well.