As David Silva prepares to depart the Etihad Stadium after a memorable decade-long spell for the Sky Blues, manager Pep Guardiola could be weighing up all options to succeed him – so should we reignite our interest in Lyon midfielder Houssem Aouar?
Earlier this month, according to a report from the Sun, City were reportedly chasing the wonderkid along with bitter rivals Liverpool and Arsenal as Silva prepares to exit Eastlands.
The youngster even attracted interest from European giants Real Madrid and Juventus due to his impressive performances in Ligue 1 this campaign, potentially highlighting his pedigree to perform in the Premier League.
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Guardiola is also a huge admirer of the 21-year-old, waxing lyrical over his abilities after we battled Lyon last season in the Champions League – going on to claim that the France U21 international is ‘very calm‘ and possesses ‘excellent technical quality‘.
Currently valued at around £65 million, City potentially face a dilemma if they swoop for the Frenchman. City, in theory, would have to break another transfer record just one season after signing Rodri from Atletico Madrid.
Taking into account our recent FFP sanction, and the current pandemic sweeping Britain, spending large sums appears to be impractical at this moment in time.
However, given the fact Silva is on the verge of hanging up his City boots, it may be a risk worth taking considering the huge potential Aouar possesses.
An Etihad source claimed to the Sun that Aouar is at a ‘good age’ for the club to consider signing him as the Spaniard’s heir, even if fan-favourite youngster Phil Foden has been tipped to take that mantle.
Whether or not we do decide to reignite our pursuit, there is little arguing he could be a welcome addition.