2 Aug 2016

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

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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