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Report: Chelsea join race for Lyon midfielder Houssem Aouar

Report: Chelsea join race for Houssem Aouar
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Chelsea are reportedly taking a close look at Lyon midfielder Houssem Aouar as they prepare to strengthen their attacking ranks in the New Year.

Arsenal and Barcelona have reportedly been joined by Chelsea in the race to land highly-rated Lyon midfielder Houssem Aouar.

The 20-year-old, who rejected a move to Liverpool as a teen, has emerged as a target for a number of clubs since breaking into his hometown club's first-team ranks at the start of last season.

Aouar featured 40 times for Lyon in Ligue 1 and the Europa League in 2017-18, and he has remained a consistent presence in the opening few months of the current campaign, being used both through the middle and out on the left.

Likened in style to Philippe Coutinho, Barcelona and Arsenal have both been tipped to make a move for the France Under-21s international next year, but the Daily Mail suggests that further competition has now been provided by Chelsea.

The Blues are supposedly looking to add to their creative options and, with Pedro and Willian now the wrong side of 30, they are prepared to invest in a player for both the present and future.


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TeamPWDLFAGDPTS
1Manchester CityMan City27212474205465
2Liverpool26205159154465
3Tottenham HotspurSpurs26200654252960
4Manchester UnitedMan Utd26156552351751
5Arsenal26155653371650
6Chelsea26155645291650
7Wolverhampton WanderersWolves2611693433139
8Watford2610793434037
9Everton2796123639-333
10West Ham UnitedWest Ham2696113239-733
11Bournemouth26103133747-1033
12Leicester CityLeicester2695123134-332
13Crystal Palace2676132734-727
14Brighton & Hove AlbionBrighton2676132839-1127
15Burnley2676132947-1827
16Newcastle UnitedNewcastle2667132234-1225
17Cardiff CityCardiff2674152447-2325
18Southampton2659122844-1624
19Fulham2645172558-3317
20Huddersfield TownHuddersfield2625191448-3411

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