If you’d asked Liverpool fans, back before coronavirus brought both football and society as a whole to a grinding, stumbling, inconsistent halt, what their dream summer would be, the answers probably would have coalesced around three things.
One, bring in Timo Werner from Red Bull Leipzig by triggering his £50M release clause. Two, bring in a player who can provide cover for Trent Alexander-Arnold and Andy Robertson. And three, bring in Lyon’s 21-year-old rising star midfielder Houssem Aouar.
And now, reports out of France have Lyon putting Aouar up for sale—perhaps even outright transfer listing him. According to L’Equipe, that’s due to the fact that they have missed out entirely on Europe this season and need money in a hurry.
The problem, of course, is that whole coronavirus thing, which has potential buying clubs taking a wait and see approach. Lyon might want to sell, but not many are going to be willing to buy—at least not at anything like his previous market rate.
Still, that hasn’t stopped a few speculative stories putting Liverpool’s hat in the ring, along with the likes of Arsenal and Manchester City and Paris Saint-Germain and Juventus. It sounds like quite the potential bidding war. It probably won’t be.
Despite that, it’s hard not to be intrigued by the chatter. On paper, Aouar would be a perfect fit. Any other summer that saw the French press saying he was actively being shopped, we’d be right there buying into the idea he could end up at Anfield.
As things stand, we’re inclined to take the same wait-and-see approach Liverpool reportedly are with any and all targets at the moment. If it can be made sense of, financially, to bring in Aouar, we’d love to see it. Unfortunately, that’s far from certain.