Manchester City reportedly monitored the situation of £40-million rated Lyon midfielder Houssem Aouar during the summer transfer window.
Houssem Aouar certainly wasn’t one of the players most linked with a move to Manchester City in the summer transfer window
Aouar has developed as one of the most interesting sights in football at Lyon and he had previously attracted interest from the likes of Liverpool, Chelsea and Arsenal.
How far is the story of Guardiola?
Pep Guardiola’s side was linked at the end of 2018. After Pep Guardiola’s side and Lyon were involved in a Champions League draw, there were claims of interest.
Guardiola and his assistant Mikel Arteta were seen talking to Aouar after the match, and a few days later, the French newspaper L’Equipe pushed the story further.
They claimed Manchester City had communicated the midfielder’s entourage, and interest from Liverpool, Arsenal and Chelsea was also reported.
Then it went largely quiet, yet Sunday’s edition of L’Equipe reports clubs were interested in signing the Lyon player during the summer transfer window… ‘including Manchester City’.
According to the French newspaper L’Equipe, City noted affair in Aouar once again in the summer window just gone.
It is reported that he is one of the players ‘shaken’ by Bruno Genesio’s departure as manager and the recent arrival of Sylvinho.
How many goals were discovered last season?
Last season, Aouar conjured up seven goals and eight assists in 37 Ligue 1 fixtures and Lyon will be desperate for him to rediscover his best football immediately.
The city won’t lose too much sleep after missing out on the young Frenchman after remarkably putting eight past Watford in the Premier League on Saturday at the Etihad.
Guardiola doesn’t remain short of midfield options and his City side have unlocked opponent defences 24 times already in six Premier League games so far this season.