Tottenham hold talks with Houssem Aouar but two obstacles may prevent summer transfer

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Tottenham have reportedly held talks with Lyon playmaker Houssem Aouar over a possible transfer – but have found two major obstacles which could prevent a big-money deal. Aouar has long been linked with a move to the Premier League but one is yet to materialise, with Arsenal among the clubs previously rumoured to be interested.  

The Gunners have since completed the permanent transfer of Martin Odegaard from Real Madrid, which could pave the path for Spurs to have a free run at Aouar.  

French clubs are scrambling for cash this summer following the collapse of a broadcasting rights deal.  

And Lyon also find themselves in a crisis.

Supporter unrest over a tough 2020-21 season has been accentuated by a terrible start to the new campaign, in which they have failed to win so far. 

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Spurs appear to have taken advantage of Lyon’s woes by holding discussions with Aouar over a transfer, according to Sky Sports

However, the report continues that the North Londoners might struggle to secure a deal for two reasons.  

The first is that the 23-year-old midfielder wants to play in the Champions League.  

Lyon failed to qualify for the competition this season but so did Spurs. A disappointing collapse under Jose Mourinho in the previous campaign meant that they ended up nowhere near the top four.

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Mourinho departed in early April with the club in seventh place and interim head coach Ryan Mason failed to move them beyond that position.  

Spurs are instead competing in the inaugural Europa Conference League but lost the first leg of their play-off against Pacos Ferreira. They play the second leg at Tottenham Hotspur Stadium on Thursday.  

The other reason that the club might struggle to convince Aouar to sign is that the player feels he could have better options next summer.  

He has entered the final two years of his contract at Lyon and could depart in a cut-price deal in 2022, with Lyon perhaps not wanting to lose him on a free transfer the year after. 

In addition, clubs’ finances are still suffering from the restrictions placed upon them over the last 18 months due to the pandemic.  

There is a chance that those issues might be eased by the time the next summer transfer window comes around.  

Lyon president Jean-Michel Aulas valued Aouar at around £51m last summer, according to Eurosport. However, it is very unlikely that any interested parties could finance such a deal this year. 

Spurs boss Nuno Espirito Santo has enjoyed a largely successful start since being appointed as Mourinho’s permanent successor. 

He defeated Manchester City on the opening day and followed that up by beating former club Wolves on Sunday. 

A double loan swoop of Atalanta has seen him land goalkeeper Perluigi Gollini and defender Cristian Romero, while winger Bryan Gil has arrived from Sevilla for £25m. 

The latter deal involved long-serving midfielder Erik Lamela join the LaLiga side.  

Nuno will also be delighted to have so far kept star player Harry Kane, despite the striker continually linked with a record-breaking £150m transfer to Man City. 
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