Olympique Lyon midfielder Houssem Aouar ‘turned down’ Manchester United to join Eintracht Frankfurt
The 24-year-old’s current contract with the Ligue 1 outfit expires at the end of the season. As a result, the midfielder will be available on a free transfer in the upcoming transfer window.
It is Die Adler who are ‘close’ to acquiring the France international’s services. The Bundesliga outfit are in advanced negotiations with the player and have offered him €5 million as a signing fee and a salary of around €3 million.
The Red Devils were looking to bring Aouar to Manchester in the previous transfer window on deadline day. In the end, the Old Trafford side added Marcel Sabitzer to their ranks.
Frankfurt will have pulled off a coup if a deal does go through. They are on the verge of losing Daichi Kamada to Borussia Dortmund on a free transfer. Thus, a move for the French national on their part is wise.
The 24-year-old made his way through the youth ranks at Lyon and has established himself as one of the best midfielders in Ligue 1. Over the years, he has been a constant in Les Gones’ starting lineup.
Although, in the current campaign, injuries have affected Aouar. The 24-year-old has made just 10 appearances in all competitions for the French side, scoring one goal and providing one assist.
At the moment, Christian Eriksen and Casemiro are the two players who have been Erik ten Hag’s preferred options in the middle of the park this term. However, United seemingly lack depth in the engine room.
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Sabizter is set to return to Bayern after his loan spell concludes at the end of the season. Therefore, it is disappointing that we are going to miss out on a quality addition like Aouar, and that too on a free transfer.