Real Madrid and Chelsea to pull off stunning swap deal, Manchester United to launch £162 million bid for Real Madrid superstar and more: Transfer Roundup, 20 December 2018
Hello and welcome to Sportskeeda's Daily Transfer Roundup. With the rumour mill buzzing ahead of the January transfer window, we have a raft of transfer rumours to bring to you.
Some of the big clubs in Europe are expected to break the bank in order to land reinforcements this January. If the last winter deals are anything to go by, we could see some high-profile players switching loyalties.
We are just 11 days away from the opening of the winter transfer window and here we bring you the transfer news, rumours and updates that made headlines on 20 December 2018.
Manchester City interested in Lyon's Houssem Aoua
Lyon midfielder Houssem Aouar has garnered interest from Manchester City, according to The Sun. Pep Guardiola is reportedly impressed by the 20-year-old midfielder who starred twice against City already this season in the Champions League.
Pep has identified the youngster as a replacement for the ageing Fernandinho. The report adds that City have already made enquiries to Lyon about Aouar.
Aouar is not the only midfielder that Manchester City have set their sights on. Ajax wonderkid Frenkie De Jong is also top on Guardiola's wishlist. But there are quite a few teams that are keeping De Jong on their radars and hence, the competition for his signature may act as a deterrent to City.
The report, however, also adds that Pep is not too keen on doing business in January. As such, if at all they make a move for the Olympique Lyon midfielder, it will be in the summer. Aouar could cost the Cityzens almost £50 million.
Houssem Aouar has turned quite a few heads this season and already has 6 goals to his name in the league. The France under-21 international is currently contracted to Lyon till 2023.