Houssem Aouar has stunned Arsenal as reports from ESPN claim that the Frenchman prioritises a move to Spain first over England.
Houssem Aouar has been on the radar of Arsenal for well over a season now. His performances in the UEFA Champions League in the 2019/20 campaign caught the attention of plenty of top clubs but it was the Gunners that were willing to go all the way for Aouar.
However, the aftermath of the pandemic left Arsenal with the choice of either signing Houssem Aouar or Thomas Partey. The Gunners preferred having the former Atletico Madrid defensive midfielder and paid 50 million euros to activate his release clause. Since then, the north London side has kept tabs on Aouar and have been hoping to approach the player at the end of the season.
Reports from ESPN state that Arsenal has been handed a major setback in their bid for Aouar. The 22-year-old midfielder reportedly wants a move to Barcelona or Real Madrid rather than a move to the Premier League. Although the Lyon midfielder is eager to complete a big move to either of two Spanish powerhouses, the question is does he fit in either system or he is even needed?
At Real Madrid, Los Blancos have their eyes set on Eduardo Camavinga and will not look elsewhere until Zinedine Zidane is the first-team coach. The French manager has had Camavinga on his tabs for an extended period and was eager on signing the Rennes’s midfielder last summer itself.
With Camavinga being the top priority under Zinedine Zidane’s eyes, it is highly unlikely that Real would consider making a move for Aouar despite the rumours linking the two.
On the flipside, Barcelona could use the skill-set that Houssem Aouar has to offer but signing a midfielder is currently not on their priority list. The Catalans instead plan on signing the hard-working Gini Wijnaldum on a free transfer at the end of the season. While their focus is on bringing in a defender and a striker.
As much as Houssem Aouar might want a move to the Camp Nou or Santiago Bernabeu next summer, the possibility of it happening seems bleak. A move to the Emirates Stadium in fact might be on the cards and could possibly be the one to help the talented midfielder grow into a world-class midfielder.