Rio Ferdinand gives verdict on Arsenal and Chelsea target Houssem Aouar

Lyon's French midfielder Houssem Aouar celebrates their win at the end of the UEFA Champions League quarter-final football match between Manchester City and Lyon at the Jose Alvalade stadium in Lisbon on August 15, 2020.

Rio  Ferdinand has laid down his verdict on Lyon ace Houssem Aouar amid links to Arsenal and Chelsea.

The Frenchman has delivered impressive performance after performance in the Champions League for his club.

Lyon's European run came to an end after reaching the semi-finals when they were beaten by Bayern Munich.

Despite the German club running out 3-0 winners, it was Aouar that caught the eye after another sensational display.

However, even before the match the 22-year-old had plenty of suitors - including Arsenal, Chelsea and Manchester City.

Against the latter, Aouar put in a man of the match performance that saw Lyon triumph over Pep Guardiola'smen.

Former Manchester United defender Ferdinand was impressed, telling BT Sport: "He [Aouar] provides the creativity in this team.

"A kid so young but he’s relied upon so much. That shows the belief they’ve got in him and the belief he has in himself.

"You see his imagination and the pictures he creates and sees on the pitch, the vision and the tactical awareness.

"The confidence is what exudes out of this boy.

"He’s a fabulous player to watch. He drives past people and then it’s about decision-making and the timing of the pass.

"He has it all. He reminds me of [former Arsenal and Manchester City star] Samir Nasri at times.

"He’s someone who can be a top player at one of the top clubs in Europe."

Joining him in the BT Sport studio was another former United star, Owen Hargreaves.

And the ex-England international was also full of praise for Aouar, admitting that he runs Lyon's midfield.

Hargreaves added: "Rio is right. He’s their best player, their most gifted player.

"To get nine goals and nine assists at 22… Everything he does is class.

"A lot of young players look like they’re rushing but he’s just calm and so good in possession. "He’s the heart of that midfield.
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