Barcelona and Liverpool in two way battle to sign Lyon starlet - The12thMan

Barcelona and Liverpool in two way battle to sign Lyon starlet

Lyon teenage sensation Houssem Aouar is the latest hot property in the transfer market, courting serious interest from Liverpool and Barcelona.

It would not be wrong to deem Lyon as the Southampton of French football. Les Gones have gifted so many young and talented players to the world and the latest prodigy has Liverpool and Barcelona gunning for his signature. Houssem Aouar has progressed through the ranks of Lyon. He made his debut last season in a 2-1 defeat at the hands of Monaco. Since then there has been no looking back for the 19-year-old.

Barcelona and Liverpool are both keen to sign Houssem Aouar.

Fresh off losing their star man Philippe Coutinho, Liverpool is lining up a replacement in Aouar who has incidentally caught the eye of Barcelona boss Ernesto Valverde. Jurgen Klopp’s side failed in their attempts to hold on to the Brazilian, who is slowly making a name for himself in Spain. The Blaugrana managed to turn the head of Coutinho but will face severe competition from the Reds for Houssem Aouar.

Klopp and Valverde eager to land Aouar

The multifaceted prodigy is one of the breakthrough talents of this season. He has 17 Ligue 1 starts to his name in 2017-18, including a decent performance in the 2-1 win over PSG. Aouar still lives with his mother but Liverpool and Barcelona are fighting for his signature. Indeed according to Goal, the French under 21 star was on the verge of joining the Reds before opting to sign for Lyon.

Now, he has established himself as a key cog in Bruno Genesio’s squad. The Algerian descent midfielder is a versatile player featuring on the wing, as a number 10 and sometimes as a box to box player. Speaking about the myriad of different positions he’s played Aouar said,”I’ve always played in the middle, so the role of hard-working midfielder is the one that I like the most,” he confessed. “But I like the left wing, too. It allows me to work and to develop other skills. I’ll adapt to anything.”

It doesn’t matter where I play, I know it’s my chance and I’ll play anywhere to take it!” Having contributed five goals and three assists across all competitions he has been courting interest from Spain and England. It will be interesting to see how this saga unfolds over the upcoming weeks.

Author’s Take

No doubt Aouar’s versatility makes him one of the hottest prospects at the moment. He has progressed immensely since last season, staking his claim the Lyon first team. Personally, I would prefer him to stay put for a couple of seasons before stepping out of the shadows.

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