According to reports from France, Liverpool are going to attempt to scupper Arsenal’s rumoured move for Lyon striker, Alexandre Lacazette, this summer.
Lacazette has been linked heavily with Arsenal since last summer when Lyon claimed that the Gunners put in a €35m bid, which Lyon claim they very quickly rejected.
Since then, it appears that the Frenchman has turned down the chance to sign a new contract with the Ligue 1 club, with reports suggesting this was due to Lyon attempting to tie Lacazette down with a €70m release clause – an amount unlikely to be paid even by the biggest of clubs.
With Alexis Sanchez’s future at Arsenal uncertain, with the Gunners interested once again in potentially bringing Lacazette to the Emirates to fill the spot left behind by Sanchez as a star man.
However, long-time admirers Liverpool are also said to be interested, and reports suggest they might be ready to hijack Lacazette before Arsenal get a deal done.
The Merseyside club are the latest to be linked with the 25-year-old as as Jurgen Klopp looks to improve his attacking options.
Daniel Sturridge could leave this summer and given that Lacazette has scored 30 goals (10 penalties) in 39 appearances, he would certainly be a more than capable replacement, and great addition to Klopps side.
The player himself is open for a move, saying recently, “Will this be my last few months at Lyon? It depends which teams will be on offer to me.
“I am prepared to leave, but only to make a significant leap forward. Otherwise, nothing will happen.”
It will be interesting to see where Lacazette ends up if he does leave Lyon – with many wondering if the Frenchman does indeed see Arsenal or Liverpool as a step up from Lyon.