Manchester City Look To France Again For Champions League Star
Having already spent a mind-boggling half a £billion in a little over two years to turn his Manchester City squad into record-breaking Premier League champions, Pep Guardiola has no qualms about opening up Sheikh Mansour’s bottomless treasure chest once again.
The Spanish manager has turned his attention to a player who has certainly vexed him in recent months.
City - like in 17/18 - have virtually humbled every team that has strode into the path, however two meetings with Olympique Lyonnais in the Champions League failed to produce a win.
Les Gones impressed immensely with a stunning performance at the Etihad in the opening Group F game to snatch all three points from the startled Blues, and one particular player has now caught the attention of the ambitious, power-hungry Manchester club.
Whilst the link must inevitably be taken with a pinch of salt, with the Blues attached to all and sundry, Aouar is certainly a talented player who fits the Pep mould.
The 20-year-old has come through the Lyon academy and since breaking through to Bruno Genesio’s first team has made over 70 appearances, helping Lyon into the Champions League qualification places last year.
Even more startlingly, Aouar - as a central midfielder - has already registered six goals in Ligue 1 this season, one more than teammates Memphis Depay and Bertrand Traore. He has exceptional passing ability, and can contribute well to both defensive and attack.
Manchester City’s acquisitions from the French Ligue 1 have certainly reaped dividends after the past few transfer windows.
Bernardo Silva and Benjamin Mendy were both purchased from AS Monaco before helping the side ride high in the Premier League, with Man City smashing multiple records along the way.
In the summer, the Citizens poached young Paris Saint-Germain defensive midfielder Claudio Gomes on a free transfer, reinforcing the idea of a real interest in talent in France.
The 18 year old may have to wait for his time in the first team set-up however, with Aouar being lined up as the ageing - yet still impressive - Fernandinho’s replacement in the heart of midfield.