Liverpool in bidding war for €45m-rated Ligue 1 midfielder

According to reports in France, the Merseyside giants are at the front of the queue for Lyon midfielder Houssem Aouar’s signature after Arsenal’s move for the playmaker reached a standstill.

Gunners failed with a £32m bid to land France international ahead of the 2020/21 season, with Les Gones demanding €60m at the time, and Arsenal returned with another unsuccessful offer for Aouar this transfer window.

Gunners have since dropped their pursuit of the Frenchman and appear to have turned their attention to other midfield targets, with Anderlecht midfielder Albert Sambi Lokonga joining for a fee of around £17m this week.

The Spanish boss is keen to bring another playmaker to Arsenal in addition to Sambi before the transfer window closes, but the 23-year-old midfielder is no longer thought to be at the top of their wishlist.

Earlier this summer, Ligue 1 giants had been prepared to sell the French midfielder for a fee of only €20-25m, but their position has changed drastically following the arrival of new boss Peter Bosz. Lyon are now demanding €30-35m, which could see Aouar priced out of a summer move away from the French club.

The report indicates that a switch to Anfield stays the ‘greatest possibility’ as the German manager scours the market for a replacement to Gini Wijnaldum, who joined PSG on a free transfer earlier this month.

It’s claimed the French club’s increased asking price would not be a concern for the Reds, and Liverpool are unlikely to face any further competition from Arsenal for Houssem. Man United have been linked with the French playmaker, who has been capped once by Didier Deschamps, but the Red Devils’ interest stays just that for the time being.