OGC Nice make Lyon’s Houssem Aouar a priority transfer target

As reported by Foot Mercato, OGC Nice have made Lyon midfielder Houssem Aouar their main transfer target to strengthen their midfield during the final week of the summer window.

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Aouar has long seen varied interest over a move away from Lyon after he turned down a €50m move to Arsenal two summers ago but concrete offers have rarely materialised. However, the 24-year-old was close to joining newly-promoted Premier League side Nottingham Forest who still haven’t completely given up Aouar with the move “on stand-by” after talks fell apart. Leicester City were also pushing to sign the France international this summer as were Real Betis.

Despite being Nice coach Lucien Favre’s priority, the Swiss has asked his club to do all they can to sign Aouar, Les Aiglons’ approach will be tough to see through with OL keen not to sell the player to a direct rival despite him having just one year left on his Lyon contract. Aouar has been indecisive over his future this summer and was reportedly waiting for Premier League interest with OL’s €15m valuation a 75% decrease on their 2020 demands.

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