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Pep Guardiola keen on Houssem Aouar

Houssem Aouar, Guardiola
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Manchester City boss Pep Guardiola has set his sights on the highly-rated Lyon midfielder Houssem Aouar, also followed by the likes of Arsenal and Juventus.

Despite prioritizing a move for Ferran Torres, Guardiola remains keen on Lyon playmaker Houssem Aouar, who has been in sublime form over the past few seasons.

The 22-year-old Frenchman possesses all the attributes the Spanish manager is looking for in his well-stacked midfield.

In addition to sophisticated technical abilities and passing skills, Aouar is also comfortable cutting into the channels and scoring from distance.

After Lyon stunned Manchester City in the Champions League at the Etihad on last season’s Matchday 1, Guardiola refused to hide his admiration for the sought-after midfielder.

Almost two years later, former Bayern Munich boss is still tracking Aouar’s development at the Groupama Stadium and could table an offer in the summer.

Aside from Manchester City, Juventus and Arsenal are also monitoring the youngster’s progress in Ligue 1, as per the French outlet L’Equipe.

Aouar, who has 16 goals and 16 assists in 97 Ligue 1 outings to his name to date, won’t come cheap, though.

Lyon have slapped a hefty €50million price tag over their prized asset’s head as part of the club’s attempts to fend off potential suitors.

However, Les Gones may have to give up some of their headline performers this summer unless they can pull off a miracle in the Champions League.

Indeed, a lack of Champions League football would strike a devastating blow to Lyon’s finances, forcing them to sell some of their best players to balance the books.

Rudi Garcia’s men failed to secure a top-three finish in Ligue 1 before the domestic proceedings in France were curtailed by the coronavirus outbreak.