Juventus are interested in signing a world-class midfielder in the summer 2021 transfer window, and there are three options that stand out to Juventini: Manchester United’s Paul Pogba, Sassuolo’s Manuel Locatelli, and Lyon’s Houssem Aouar.
Fans saw Aouar’s talent firsthand in the Champions League Round of 16 last year, as Aouar ripped the Bianconeri to shreds. The 22-year-old hasn’t been as electric this season, but he’s still doing well with four goals and three assists in Ligue 1 for the title contenders.
According to a report from Fabrizio Romano in Calciomercato.com, Juventus made an offer to Lyon for Houssem Aouar in late September of the most recent summer transfer window.
Romano states that Juve gave the Ligue 1 club a swap deal, offering their current fullback Mattia De Sciglio and the reluctant Federico Bernardeschi for Aouar. Juve would also try to sweeten the deal with cash.
Juventus’ offer for Houssem Aouar was unsurprisingly rejected by Lyon
As you’d expect, Lyon had zero interest in this offer. They rejected the proposal from Juventus, and we’ll have to see what Fabio Paratici offers next summer to Aouar’s club.
It won’t be easy to sign Aouar, and other clubs will be interested. But he should be near the top of Juve’s wishlist in the middle of the park.
Juventus will be among the favorites to sign Aouar, but I wonder how open Lyon will be to swap deals. They’ll probably prioritize cash, which Juve won’t have much of. Bernardeschi has always been floated around as a trade chip, but is he a player who would interest Lyon? And more importantly, would he actually want to leave this summer when he has resisted moves both last summer and most recently in January?
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Aouar, per WhoScored.com, has 1.7 dribbles per game and 1.4 key passes per game this season, which is an uptick in key passes and a downturn in completed dribbles. But for Juve, the chance-creation is the bigger key with Aouar. They need a midfielder who can create and make progressive passes into dangerous areas.