Ligue 1 Transfer Target: Lyon Midfielder Houssem Aouar

For French clubs, the transfer window will open on Monday thanks to a recent announcement from the Ligue de Football Professionnel (LFP).

This means that Paris Saint-Germain will be able to negotiate with other Ligue 1 teams for players of interest. International deals are still on hold as a date is being decided.

The decision could work to PSG’s benefit. While Ligue 1 has been shut down, every other top league in Europe has either resumed the 2019-20 season or is about to. Leonardo, PSG’s sporting director, should move quickly to sign players in Ligue 1 that can improve the capital club ahead of other teams who are unable to make any official transfers at the moment.

Ligue 1 is known as the league of talents but only a select few are good enough to make it at a club as big as PSG. If Leonardo is going to make a move, here is who I think he should target:

Houssem Aouar

There will be a shakeup to PSG’s midfield heading into next season. Marco Verratti is an unquestioned starter but Ander Herrera spent much of the season injured, Idrissa Gueye was inconsistent, Leandro Paredes may be sold in order to fund new transfers, and Marquinhos would probably prefer to play his more natural position of center-back.

Lyon are reportedly prepared to part ways with Houssem Aouar but those who are interested will have to bid upwards of €50 million for the Frenchman.

Aouar is a talented midfielder with a lot of upside at only 21-years-old. However, PSG can’t pay another €50 million after spending roughly that to retain Mauro Icardi. If a deal between PSG and Lyon is to be worked out, Lyon will have to accept considerably less, which is unlikely considering some of the top teams in Europe have expressed interest as well.

Transfer Rating Meter (10=done deal; 1=no chance): 2

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