It’s been a busy week on the switch entrance for Liverpool, as the Reds have wrapped up offers for Marko Grujic, Taiwo Awoniyi and Harry Wilson to maneuver elsewhere, accumulating 30-odd million within the course of, and Xherdan Shaqiri publicly stating his intention to hunt a brand new problem, ideally one within the slower-paced Serie A.
As such, hypothesis about how the Reds will spend their newly acquired funds — nevermind the Konaté payment and the debt remaining on final summer season’s Diogo Jota and Thiago transfers — has accelerated, and, in fact, Houssem Aouar has emerged as soon as extra as a possible goal, this time alongside claims that Arsenal are now not within the operating for the Frenchman’ companies.
The hearsay has popped up on plenty of French and English websites in current days, however may be tracked again to Pete O’Rourke of freelancing journalism’s look on a podcast this weekend. Whether there’s inside info behind these statements, or merely a summation of extensively identified info — Liverpool want to switch Georginio Wijnaldum’s minutes, Lyon must promote due to their monetary state of affairs, the participant reportedly turned down Arsenal final season because of a scarcity of European soccer — is doubtful, however the math provides up properly nonetheless.
Given his profile — the Lyon academy graduate was a real two-way participant for les gones a couple of seasons in the past however has transitioned into an elite shot-getting attacking midfielder previously yr — Aouar makes loads of sense for the Reds, not solely as a inventive power in central areas with vital expertise deeper on the pitch, but in addition as a possible understudy to Roberto Firmino if his progress as a extra attack-minded participant continues.
Last summer season’s price ticket of €60m being lower in half or thereabouts as a consequence of the pandemic and Lyon’s monetary state of affairs additionally makes the deal a excessive worth one, the type Michael Edwards and his laptop-wielding analyst gang have been identified to pounce on previously.
Given all that, and assuming Jean-Michel Aulas doesn’t maintain a grudge following the cancellation of Nabil Fekir’s Liverpool switch again in 2018, it wouldn’t be vastly shocking to see this one undergo. It would even be extraordinarily thrilling.