According to Get French Football News, Tottenham target Houssem Aouar has gone AWOL from Lyon’s pre-season, and is trying to force a move away.
What’s the story?
Well, GFFN claim that Aouar is disappointed in Lyon for failing to keep Memphis Depay, who joined Barcelona on a free transfer.
The 23-year-old also wanted to leave the Ligue 1 outfit last summer.
However, he wanted Champions League football, and the only club to submit a bid was Arsenal, who were in the Europa League at the time.
Now, Aouar – who is contracted until 2023 – remains keen to leave, with Juventus and Paris Saint-Germain long-term admirers.
GFFN reveal he has been missing for the last five days of Lyon’s pre-season training.
It was the Sunday Mirror who said that Tottenham were interested in signing the Frenchman.
Elsewhere, The Sun revealed that Arsenal had drawn up a £100,000-a-week contract for Aouar, and could sign him for £20 million.
Tottenham have to sign Houssem Aouar
Reuniting Aouar with Tanguy Ndombele – who he thrived alongside at Lyon – would be a masterstroke from Fabio Paratici.
Additionally, it would also see Tottenham win north London bragging rights if they stole a player Arsenal have been tracking for a while now.
Paratici – Tottenham’s new Sporting Director – would become an instant hero if he beat the Gunners to their long-term target.
Having said that, both Tottenham and Arsenal should be wary.
Why? Well, Goal believe Liverpool are also interested.
Jürgen Klopp’s side can offer Aouar Champions League football, something neither north London club can.
Keep an eye on this saga. If the midfield maestro really is available for just £20 million, expect a bidding war to commence very soon.