Liverpool held negotiations with 23-year-old Ligue 1 midfielder

The Merseyside giants have emerged as a surprise favourite in the race to sign Houssem Aouar. There has been some crucial developments in the pursuit of the Olympique Lyon midfielder, who was expected to leave the club for a fee of nearly €20m to €25m this summer.

However, newly-appointed coach Peter Bosz is apparently keen on retaining the services of France international. But with the club in dire need of financial injection, president Jean-Michel Aulas has decided to increase Houssem’s asking to €30m to €35m, with the Reds now in the driver’s seat.

Other clubs involved in the pursuit of Houssem is Tottenham, Man United and Arsenal, whose lack of participation in the European football next campaign could hinder their chances of signing the French midfielder. Not to mention, the Gunners have recently brought in Albert Sambi Lokonga from Anderlecht.

Either way, the complicated nature of Tottenham, Man United and Arsenal have made Liverpool the frontrunner in the battle to sign the 23-year-old midfielder. Unlike their rivals, Liverpool do not need to offload star footballers in order to accommodate the French midfielder this summer.

The German manager is known to be a huge admirer of the 23-year-old midfielder and courted him back in 2019. This time around, Jurgen Klopp is intent on signing him as a direct replacement for Georginio Wijnaldum, who left Liverpool in favour of a free transfer to PSG this summer.

It stays to be seen whether or not Liverpool do indeed pay Lyon’s asking price for Houssem. But with Aouar’s deal expiring in 2023, there is certainly an avenue for them to possibly lower Les Gones’€30m valuation.