Milan Gaining Steam in Busy Race to Acquire Lyon Star

Milan have furthered the contacts to acquire Houssem Aouar, and they have opened talks with Olympique Lyonnais to try bringing him in January without necessarily waiting for the end of his contract in June.

According to La Repubblica, the Rossoneri fear Brahim Diaz won’t stay past in Italy past his two-year loan spell. Carlo Ancelotti will likely convince Real Madrid to activate their buy-back clause to have him as a depth piece in the future.

The departure of the Spaniard would open a void at the no.10 position, which Milan plot to fill with Aouar. The reigning Scudetto winners would eventually sign somebody with different traits than Charles De Ketelaere. In addition, the Frenchman can also play a few meters back, alternating with Ismael Bennacer and Sandro Tonali.

The 24-year-old is in high demand given the circumstances. Roma, Sevilla, and Newcastle are also hot on his trail. The Rossoneri have gotten in touch with his camp early. They are also devising a plan to purchase him in January, avoiding a bidding war on his future salary. As per SportMediaset, they could offer €8M and the loan of Yacine Adli, who’d replace him at Lyon.

Our Take on Milan and Aouar

Either on a free or for a small sum, the playmaker will surely be a bargain for whoever snatches him. For the Rossoneri, he would be a way more established version of the former Bordeaux prodigy, who was supposed to take care of the double role this season but hasn’t been able to find his footing in Serie A. A rich foreign team barging in with overly large wages is always a threat to the plans of the Italian clubs, though.

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