According to L’Équipe Liga Portugal side Benfica have made an offer for Olympique Lyonnais midfielder Houssem Aouar – a bid that RMC Sport report is less than €10m without bonuses. However, the player’s preference would be to make a move to England with a year left on his contract.
Aouar has long seen varied interest over a move away from Lyon after he turned down a €50m move to Arsenal two summers ago but concrete offers have rarely materialised. However, the 24-year-old was close to joining newly-promoted Premier League side Nottingham Forest who still haven’t completely given up Aouar with the move “on stand-by” after talks fell apart. Leicester City were also pushing to sign the France international this summer as were Real Betis.
Nice have also recently been interested in the midfielder, with manager Lucien Favre asking his club to do all they can to sign Aouar, Les Aiglons’ approach will be tough to see through with OL keen not to sell the player to a direct rival despite him having just one year left on his Lyon contract. Aouar has been indecisive over his future this summer and was reportedly waiting for Premier League interest with OL’s €15m valuation a 75% decrease on their 2020 demands.