With another transfer window fast approaching as the footballing season draws to a close, rumours circulate around a certain Lyon striker, Alexandre Lacazette. For a few windows now, the Frenchman’s future at Olympique Lyonnais has looked uncertain, with some of the Europe’s top teams circling like sharks, desperate for the striker’s obvious talents.
This summer, both Lacazette and Corentin Tolisso are expected to leave as Lyon look to cash-in on their assets. With that, we want to look at some likely destinations for the much-wanted Lyon man.
It has long been known that Arsenal have had an interest in Alexandre Lacazette, and Lyon, in fact, confirmed that last summer they rejected a £30 million bid from Arsenal for their main man. The Gunners’ are still without a star striker, however, and Arsène Wenger has experimented with several players in this position this season, including Theo Walcott and Alexis Sanchez.
Lacazette represents a player Arsenal fans are desperate for – a striker that regularly scores more than 20 goals-a-season striker A big name that, with the support of Alexis Sánchez and Mesut Özil – providing they stay at the club – could tear up the Premier League and bring the Gunners that much-awaited title that they are so desperate for.
Like Arsenal, Liverpool are also a side who are in need of a reliable goal scorer. This is a team who have always had a spearhead up front; Robbie Fowler, Michael Owen, Fernando Torres and a certain Luis Suárez, more recently, who of course moved to Barcelona in the summer of 2014.
Lacazette could be their next main man. Jürgen Klopp is perhaps not a manager associated with big spending, famous at Dortmund for having much success with a fantastic youth system and finding a few gems in the transfer market, including a certain Robert Lewandowski. The Reds’ would have to fork up a rumoured £40-50 million, to secure Lacazette’s services, but with Klopp’s guidance, the Lyon man could fit right into this Liverpool side and take them to that next level.
The Ligue 1 giants have a habit of hoovering up the talent in the French first division. For example, in recent windows, the Parisiens have seen Layvin Kurzawa and Hatem Ben Arfa move from Monaco and Nice, respectively.
The same could happen with Alexandre Lacazette. Although PSG have a fantastic striker in Edinson Cavani, they have little depth in that position. PSG comfortably have the finances for the deal and the Lyon striker would provide great competition for Cavani, or potentially, the two could develop a partnership. Lyon would be unlikely to want to sell to a fellow divisional rival, but their hand may be forced should a large enough offer come in for Lacazette.
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