Liverpool talks mentioned as Arsenal join race for £65m Man City target

Arsenal are the latest of three Premier League sides to join the race for Lyon midfield star Houssem Aouar, according to reports.

France Under-21 international Aouar is one of the hottest prospects in Ligue 1, and earned rave reviews from Manchester City boss Pep Guardiola when his side faced Lyon in last season’s Champions League.

Indeed, the Etihad Stadium could be his next transfer destination, as according to The Sun, Man City are joined by Arsenal and Liverpool in tracking Aouar.

The report claims that Mikel Arteta is keen to add the player to his shortlist for Arsenal, but they may struggle to compete financially with their Premier League rivals.

Liverpool are said to have already held preliminary talks over signing Aouar in a deal that could be worth £65m, although the midfielder has said his sole focus is on finishing the season strongly with his hometown club.

Chelsea have also been suggested as a potential suitor, although their interest is not mentioned in The Sun‘s report.

What is mentioned, however, is that Aouar is attracting attention from all over Europe, with heavyweights Real Madrid and Juventus also in the hunt for a cheaper alternative to Manchester United star Paul Pogba.

Having witnessed his potential first hand, Guardiola is keen for Man City to win the race to sign Aouar, although it is warned that their imminent Champions League ban may dissuade the player – potentially convincing the coach to give a more prominent role to Phil Foden instead.

However, Lyon are growing increasingly aware that they may not be able to keep hold of one of their prize assets, which may give optimism to Liverpool or Arsenal.