Newcastle have reportedly entered the race for Lyon midfielder Houssem Aouar according to CalcioMercatoWeb. It’s not the first time the Frenchman has hit the radar. He was initially linked in May of 2020.
At the time, his price tag was over £40m but it has been sliced in half as he is in the final year of his contract. The latest report is that Lyon will listen to offers approaching £20m in January.
Aouar has some high-profile suitors with Juventus and Arsenal also keeping tabs on his situation. The 24-year-old could be a savvy acquisition this winter with his creative ability in the final third.
His versatility is also a strength as he can play deeper in the midfield, as a number 8, a number 10, or on the left. He has also taken the captain’s armband on a number of occasions for his hometown club.
Aouar rose through the Lyon Academy becoming one of the more recognizable faces over the past five years. He’s made 216 appearances with 40 goals and 35 assists but he appears keen to test himself elsewhere.
Newcastle, of course, brought in Bruno Guimaraes last January from Lyon. The fact Aouar is on the radar a year later is not surprising. He fits the profile and his fee would be a bargain for a player of his quality.