What’s Been Said
Arsenal have been tipped to move in for the 22-year-old midfielder when the window reopens.
Above that, contact has already been made with the player’s agent, although Romano does state that he expects a move for Aouar to be cranked up should an approach for Szoboszlai fall short.
"“I think they will try again for sure. Now we have to happen what will happen with Szoboszlai, they are waiting on his final decision. “But immediately after Szoboszlai signs with another club, they could move again for Aouar. They have already spoke with his agent. “It is not easy to sign Aouar in January, but he is at the top of the list for Arsenal. He’s a favourite for Arteta, it’s the same for the board. So, yes, in my opinion they will try again.”"
It’s normal for clubs to speak to players’ agents in the middle of seasons, so shouldn’t be looked to deeply into. Instead, the reports that have emerged out of France in December add fuel to the fire.
L’Equipe reported at the beginning of the month that Lyon have planned for Aouar’s departure prior to the summer window opening. There have also been claims of friction between the Frenchman and his employers, having reacted angrily to being an unused substitute in a win over Angers. He was left out of the subsequent matchday squad.
This term, he’s only completed 90 minutes on two occasions.
While at this stage everything is mere speculation, as with the recent Mesut Ozil rumours, there is more basis to them given the circumstances. Not all appears rosy at Les Gones and major outlets are suggesting plans have altered this season.
However, the fee needed to lure him away may remain unaltered, which is of concern.