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Manchester City Eyeing A Summer Move For This Ligue 1 Playmaker: Decent Choice For Guardiola?

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In a recent report, The Daily Mirror has stated that Manchester City are eyeing a summer move for Olympique Lyonnais playmaker Houssem Aouar. However, the Mancunian outfit could face stiff competition from Arsenal in pursuit of the French midfield ace’s signature during this ongoing transfer window (via The Daily Mirror).

Aouar’s Incredible Season At The Groupama Stadium

The Lyon-born prospect encountered a fantastic season in the Ligue 1 as he produced several eye-catching displays as one of the chief playmakers in Rudi Garcia’s first-team. The 22-year-old appeared in 41 matches for the French outfit in the previous campaign, registering nine goals and ten assists in various competitions.

Aouar was quite productive with his all-around contributions in Europe after he averaged 1.8 tackles, 0.6 interceptions, 1.1 shots, 1.4 key passes and 4.4 dribbles per 90 minutes in the UEFA Champions League last season. The French U-21 international even managed to complete 80.4% of his attempted passes in European football (stats via whoscored). His incredible efforts helped Lyon reach the semi-finals of the competition where Bayern Munich eventually knocked them out by a 3-0 scoreline.

Aouar is currently out of action as he was recently diagnosed to have the COVID-19 virus, which could keep him sidelined for the start of the new campaign. Even then, Man City should consider getting him on board because the French starlet will add even more depth to Pep Guardiola’s squad as they look to challenge Liverpool all the way to the title.

Manchester City eyeing a summer move for Houssem Aouar who is celebrating in the picture
Lyon’s French midfielder Houssem Aouar celebrates after scoring a goal during the French L1 football match between FC Metz and Olympique Lyonnais at the Saint Symphorien stadium in Longeville-lès-Metz, eastern France, on February 21, 2020. (Photo by JEAN-CHRISTOPHE VERHAEGEN/AFP via Getty Images)

What Will The Promising French Midfielder Bring To The Table?

Aouar loves to get on the ball and run with it using his quickness, agility and dribbling ability to cause all kinds of problems for his marker in the decisive end of the pitch. He has got the vision to pick out some decisive passes in and around the opposition penalty area and has even transformed himself into a consistent goal-scorer from midfield. The Frenchman has a tireless work ethic as he is always willing to give his 100% on the pitch, which makes him such a useful member of Rudi Garcia’s first-team.

Is Aouar A Decent Choice For Man City?

Aouar possesses all the skillset required to be a grand success at the Etihad Stadium if Pep Guardiola can find a way to recruit him before the transfer window slams shut next month. He could potentially form a devastating midfield partnership with Rodri and Kevin De Bruyne at Manchester next season. Plus, the French wonderkid could serve as an ideal long-term replacement for David Silva who left Man City to join Real Sociedad earlier this summer.

However, Aouar’s arrival might disrupt Phil Foden’s development as he will reduce the English youngster’s chances of securing regular first-team football in the 2020-21 Premier League campaign. With all things considered, the French midfield ace will be a decent choice for the League Cup champions to consider in this off-season.

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