In-demand Lyon starlet Houssem Aouar has this evening revealed his interest in joining Premier League champions Manchester City.
Aouar, a gifted 20-year-old midfielder, has been on the books of Lyon since 2009.
He broke into the first-team ranks of the Ligue 1 giants for the first time at the beginning of 2017, and has since gone on to establish himself as one of the most highly-regarded young talents in French football.
Aouar is regularly lauded for his technical ability and creative flair, and has already been likened to Barcelona legend Andres Iniesta during his fledgling career.
However, the French U21-international is also not afraid to stick a foot in when required, making Aouar a highly-desirable, all-round modern midfielder.
This past season, he notched 7 goals and 10 assists across all competitions.
Man City interest
And Aouar’s superb form at the Groupama Stadium has certainly not gone unnoticed across Europe’s top leagues.
The gifted midfielder has been linked with a whole host of Premier League clubs over recent months.
All of Chelsea, Manchester City and Liverpool have been named as keen admirers of Aouar’s talents, with the Citizens said to have made immediate contact with Lyon over the youngster following the Champions League group stage clash between the clubs last year.
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‘Who wouldn’t like to play for City?’
And, despite claims in the French media last month which suggested that Liverpool were making a ‘big push’ to beat out all competition for Aouar, the midfielder has this evening hinted that his first-choice would be to join Premier League champions City.
Speaking in an interview with Canal+, Aouar questioned why any player would not strive to secure an Etihad switch, before lavishing praise on Citizens’ boss Pep Guardiola:
Houssem Aouar asked if he’d like to play for Manchester City: “Wouldn’t you like to play for Manchester City? They are a big European club… then there is Pep Guardiola who is the reference for me in terms of a manager. He sees everything before anyone else.” (C+)
— Get French Football News (@GFFN) May 26, 2019