Manchester City ready to hijack midfielder linked with Chelsea

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According to ESPN, Premier League rivals Manchester City have approached Lyon about midfielder Houssem Aouar.

The Lyon midfielder has been linked with a move to Chelsea. Arsenal are also interested in signing the midfielder and have reportedly offered Matteo Guendouzi as part of a swap deal for Aouar.

Lyon have told Aouar that they are willing to let him go despite his contract expiring in June 2023.

Meanwhile, Manchester United legend Rio Ferdinand has given his verdict on the Lyon midfielder.

Ferdinand told BT Sport: “He [Aouar] provides the creativity in this team.

“A kid so young but he’s relied upon so much. That shows the belief they’ve got in him and the belief he has in himself.

“You see his imagination and the pictures he creates and sees on the pitch, the vision and the tactical awareness.

“The confidence is what exudes out of this boy.

“He’s a fabulous player to watch. He drives past people and then it’s about decision-making and the timing of the pass.

“He has it all. He reminds me of [former Arsenal and Manchester City star] Samir Nasri at times.

“He’s someone who can be a top player at one of the top clubs in Europe.”

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