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Lyon admit Houssem Aouar could leave club this summer amid interest from Arsenal and Manchester City

Lyon sporting director Juninho has revealed that star midfielder Houssem Aouar could leave the French club this summer.

The 22-year-old is regarded as one of the brightest young midfielders in European football and is rated at around £44million by the Ligue 1 side. 

Premier League duo Arsenal and Manchester City, along with Serie A champions Juventus, are reportedly keen on signing the midfielder this summer, with Juninho confirming that the young Frenchman’s departure is a possibility. 

The Lyon chief told RMC Sport: ‘Houssem Aouar? When you have great players in the squad, it is quite logical that other bigger teams with greater economic power come to seek the players.

‘There is a risk of losing important players. If we lose important players, I have already spoken with the president, we will have the right to balance the workforce.’

Lyon president Jean-Michel Aulas took a different stance on Aouar’s future, stating that he will do everything he can to keep his star midfielder, who seemingly does not want to leave the club.  

Aulas added: ‘Houssem has not said he wants to leave. We want to try to keep him even though the interest is considerable. There are no negotiations ongoing.’ 

The 5ft 9 inch midfielder was born in Lyon and came through the club’s youth ranks before breaking into the first-team in 2016. 

Since then, the Frenchman has played 134 matches for the Ligue 1 side, scoring 24 goals. 

Last season, the 22-year-old scored nine goals and registered eight assists in a French season that was cut short due to the coronavirus pandemic. 

The midfielder played 91 minutes of his side’s 2-1 defeat to Juventus in last week’s Champions League last-16 second leg, which was enough to take his side through to the quarter-finals. 

Aouar’s next match sees him take on his potential new employers in Manchester City, who Lyon face in the last-eight on Monday.

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