Liverpool eyeing move for 23-year-old Ligue 1 creative playmaker

Liverpool are reportedly at the front of the queue for Lyon’s Houssem Aouar’s signature after Mikel Arteta’s Arsenal’s move for the player reached a standstill.

Arsenal failed with a £32 million bid to land Aouar ahead of the 2020/21 term and the north London outfit returned with another unsuccessful offer for the Frenchman this summer.

The north Londoners have since dropped their pursuit of Houssem and appear to have switched their attention to other midfield targets, with Anderlecht ace Albert Sambi Lokonga joining for a sum of £17m this week.

Mikel Arteta wants to bring another midfielder to the club in addition to Sambi before the transfer market closes but Aouar is no longer understood to be at the top of their wishlist.

Earlier this summer, Les Gones had been prepared to sell Houssem for a fee of just €20-25m (£17-22m) but their stance has changed drastically following the arrival of new manager Peter Bosz.

Le 10 Sport suggests the Ligue 1 outfit are now demanding €30-35m (£26-30m) which could see him priced out of a summer transfer away from the Groupama Stadium.

The report indicates that a move to Liverpool remains the ‘greatest possibility’ as boss Jurgen Klopp scours the market for a long-term successor to Georginio Wijnaldum.

It’s claimed the French side’s increased asking price wouldn’t be a concern for Liverpool and the Merseyside heavyweights are unlikely to face any further competition from the Gunners for Aouar.