Olympique Lyonnais' Houssem Aouar has been ‘under very close observation’ by Premier League leaders Manchester City, according to information from Italian outlet Calciomercato and translated by Sport Witness - and not for the first time.
The Lyon man made a name for himself last season during the French side’s improbable run to the UEFA Champions League semi-final - and due to his rising notoriety, the midfielder is also generating interest from around Europe, as Manchester City are joined by Juventus and Arsenal in keeping a watchful eye over the talent.
However, the 22 year-old shares the same agent as Manchester City defender Nathan Aké, which could help the Premier League leaders throughout any negotiations.
Lyon will reportedly ask for €55 million, and ‘nothing less’, but with the French football TV deal collapsing, Ligue 1 players could sell for cheaper prices in an almost relegation style yard sale as owners look to make up for the loss of revenue.
While the club have stated they will not offer the player at a discount, you can't help but wonder if it is only a bit of posturing, especially during the current economic climate.
For Manchester City however, recent reports have shown that Pep Guardiola is very keen on Serbian midfield talent Ivan Ilic - who is already on City’s books spending this season on loan at Hellas Verona.
Ilic is a similar player to Aouar and would cost the Etihad hierarchy far less to secure as a first team player.
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