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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
1Liverpool1613303462842
2Manchester CityMan City1613214593641
3Tottenham HotspurSpurs16120430161436
4Chelsea16104233132034
5Arsenal16104235201534
6Manchester UnitedMan Utd167542826226
7Everton166642319424
8Bournemouth167272526-123
9Leicester CityLeicester166462120122
10Wolverhampton WanderersWolves166461719-222
11West Ham UnitedWest Ham166372325-221
12Watford166372023-321
13Brighton & Hove AlbionBrighton166371922-321
14Cardiff CityCardiff1642101530-1514
15Newcastle UnitedNewcastle163491322-913
16Crystal Palace1633101323-1012
17Burnley1633101532-1712
18Huddersfield TownHuddersfield1624101027-1710
19Southampton161691330-179
20Fulham1623111640-249

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