Liverpool are leading the race for the signing of Houssem Aouar after Arsenal’s move for the attacking midfielder came to a standstill, according to reports in France.
Arsenal flopped with a £32 million offer to land Aouar before the 2020/21 campaign, with Lyon demanding €60 million at the time, and the north London club he returned with another failed offer by the Frenchman this summer.
The Gunners have since abandoned their pursuit of Aouar and appear to have turned their attention to other midfield goals, with Anderlecht youngster Albert Sambi Lokonga joining for a £17 million fee this week.
Mikel Arteta is eager to bring another midfielder to the Emirates besides Sambi before the transfer window closes, but Aouar is believed to no longer be at the top of his wish list.
Lyon had been prepared to sell Aouar for a fee of just €20-25m (£17-22m) but their position has changed drastically following the arrival of new head coach Peter Bosz.
Le 10 Sport suggests the Ligue 1 club are now demanding €30-35m (£26-30m) which could see the 23-year-old priced out of a summer move away from the Groupama Stadium.
The report indicates that a move to Liverpool remains the “biggest possibility” as Jurgen Klopp searches the market for a long-term successor to Gini Wijnaldum, who joined Paris Saint-Germain on a free transfer earlier this month. .
Also, it claimed that Lyon’s raising selling price would not be a concern for Liverpool and the Merseyside giants are unlikely to face further competition from Arsenal for Aouar.