Transfer news - Liverpool and Manchester United to rival Arsenal for Lyon playmaker Houssem Aouar - report
Arsenal and Tottenham are leading the race to sign Lyon playmaker Houssem Aouar, but the Premier League duo will now face competition from Liverpool and Manchester United. Liverpool need a new midfielder after the exit for Georginio Wijnaldum, while United are sweating over the future of Paul Pogba. Lyon are ready to sell Aouar this summer.
Houssem Aouar of Olympique Lyon celebrates his goal during the Ligue 1 match between Olympique Lyon and OGC Nice
Arsenal had a bid rejected by Lyon last summer and Mikel Arteta has made finding a new midfielder a priority this summer.
The Gunners are set to lose both Granit Xhaka and Matteo Guendouzi this summer and will be light in the midfield department as a result.
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Arteta wants a creative midfielder to add to his ranks and Aouar could be the perfect fit for the Gunners.
While Liverpool’s working relationship with Lyon soured after the Nabil Fekir transfer saga, Tottenham have a great rapport with the French side having signed Tangy Ndombele from them in 2019.
Spurs think reuniting Ndombele and Aouar could bring the best out of both players, with new Tottenham head coach Nuno Espirito Santo keen to do as much revamping of his squad as possible ahead of the new season.