Aouar had long been lauded as one of the next great prospects of the Lyon academy. He debuted for the club in 2017 aged 18 and has since gone on to make close to 200 first-team appearances, including 36 goals and 28 assists.
Furthermore, he is also a once-capped France international, having featured against Ukraine in a 7-1 win in October 2020. This is important as it means that he will have enough points to earn a work permit to play in England following new rules implemented following Brexit.
The report in England suggests that Lyon are still demanding a transfer fee in the region of €60m for Aouar, whose contract is up in 2023. This figure seems high given his diminishing importance in the team, although OL president Jean-Michel Aulas is known to drive a hard bargain. Indeed, reports in France suggest he could go for around €30m.
Aouar struggled to hold down a place in the Lyon starting XI following the Christmas break, although he did finish the season strongly, scoring two goals in the last three games as OL narrowly missed out on Champions League qualification.