Liverpool has joined Manchester United and Arsenal in a bidding war for bargain transfers, but Klopp has hit a stumbling block.
Liverpool, Manchester United, and Arsenal are vying for the same player.
Liverpool has joined Manchester United and Arsenal in the race to sign Houssem Aouar, who is also being pursued by Tottenham Hotspur. The midfielder appears to be on his way out of Lyon this summer.
This summer, Aouar has a lot of interest in his talents, with a move to the Premier League a distinct possibility.
Liverpool are the latest team to step up their efforts to recruit the Lyon star, who has also been linked with Manchester United and Arsenal.
It follows a strong season for the midfielder, who saw his Ligue 1 club trade their finest players to balance the books.
Last summer, Aouar was valued at £50 million, but that figure has been halved after all of the Premier League’s clubs lost money when a TV deal fell through.
When you add in a year without spectators, a lot of teams are feeling the pinch.
Lyon is one of them, and their plight has piqued the interest of clubs all over the world, with Aouar at the top of the list of players Mikel Arteta and Ole Gunnar Solskjaer want.
It has sparked a four-way war for his signing, with Liverpool and Tottenham joining the fray.
Jurgen Klopp’s efforts, on the other hand, could be thwarted even before a phone call is made.
That’s because there’s a sour feeling between Liverpool and Lyon following the unsuccessful attempt to recruit Nabil Fekir in 2018 – which went up in flames at the last minute.
As a result, the French club has been underwhelmed by Liverpool’s negotiating methods.
Fekir stayed for a year before joining Real Betis the following year.
However, the bad connection has not yet been resolved, despite the fact that United and Arsenal, as well as Tottenham Hotspur, maintain cordial relations with the club.
Tanguy Ndombele is close friends with Aouar, and the Gunners have long been intrigued in the 23-year-old. Spurs believe they have a good chance of winning the battle.