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2 Aug 2016

Sign for Liverpool? Boss confirms 'extraordinary' €30m attacker wanted by Klopp 'can leave'

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In April, multiple reports claimed that Liverpool were 'leading the chase' to sign Lyon star Alexander Lacazatte, and with the Reds arguably in need of another top-class striker, Lyon have now confirmed that Lacazette - who is also linked with Arsenal - can leave the club if a top offer comes in.

When asked this week about Lacazette's future, Lyon boss Bruno Genesio told reporters:

"He can leave if Lyon want him to. There are some offers you cannot refuse. Lacazette is very important [but] you never know what could happen right up to August 31."

Lacazette's recent comments strongly suggest that a transfer is on the horizon:

* Mar 2016: €30m-rated Lacazette admitted: "A departure? Yes. I'm focused [on this season] and perhaps after that, I will leave. It is possible to go in the Premier League".

* May 2016: Lacazette told reporters: “Will I still be in Ligue 1 next season? I will think about it. If there is better elsewhere, then I will see [and] we will think about it."

Lyon President Jean Michel Aulas recently claimed that Lacazette is 'better than Bale', and although his productivity has tailed off a little last season, his stats are still creditable overall:

* Last Season: 40 goals/assists in 40 apps (One every 87 mins)

* This Season: 27 goals/assists in 43 apps (One every 135 mins)

I maintain that Liverpool need to sign another prolific, Sturridge-esque striker, and with his speed, mobility, and finishing ability, Lacazette clearly fits the bill.

In my view, going into the new season relying on Ings, Origi, and injury-prone, speed-depleted Sturridge is a mistake, though any deal for Lacazette (or any other striker) is probably dependent upon offloading Balotelli and Benteke.

Alas, I fear that Liverpool may have missed the boat on this (comparatively reasonably-priced) transfer. The Reds have long been linked with Lacazette, but Arsenal have now entered the fray, and if it comes down to a straight choice, Lacazette will almost certainly choose Champions League football at the Emirates.

* Hailed by Thierry Henry as 'extraordinary'


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