Arsenal, Liverpool and Man City in race with Real Madrid and Juventus for Houssem Aouar

Houssem Aouar
Houssem Aouar has caught the eye of Premier League giants (Picture: Getty Images)

The Premier League trio of Arsenal, Liverpool and Manchester City are all tracking Lyon idfeilder Houssem Aouar with a summer move in mind, with Real Madrid and Juventus also interested in the rising star.

The 21-year-old has been a regular in the Lyon midfield for the last three seasons, already racking up 133 appearances for the club in all competitions, scoring 24 goals.

He is yet to make his debut for the France national team, but has been a regular for the Under-21 side over the last three years, making 16 appearances.

Given the interest from a number of Europe’s biggest clubs, and the fact his contract runs until 2023 at Lyon, Aouar could cost as much as £65m this summer, according to the Sun.

The youngster, who is playing for his hometown team, has earned praise from the biggest names in the sport already.

Lionel Messi said of him: ‘He is always calm with the ball at his feet with an excellent technical quality.’

Manchester City boss Pep Guardiola has also been happy to make his admiration of the youngster public, stopping Aouar in the tunnel after City drew 2-2 with Lyon in the Champions League in November 2018.

Now at Tottenham, Tanguy Ndombele was attracting a lot of attention at Lyon at the time, but Guardiola singled out Aouar for praise.

‘Houssem Aouar is a very good player, he is incredible,’ Pep said after that draw in France.

‘We talk a lot about Ndombele but Aouar is also excellent. He’s always very calm with the ball at his feet, with an excellent technical quality.

‘Lyon really has a very good team. There are young people full of quality and I think the team is in place tactically, I think we can congratulate them, we have had absences tonight, but we have to congratulate them.’

There looks likely to be an intense battle for the midfielder’s signature this summer as big clubs in England, Italy and Spain try to tempt him their way.

Lyon, currently seventh in Ligue 1, are preparing themselves for bids for Aouar and another young star, Moussa Dembele, this summer who has been linked with Chelsea and Manchester United.

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