6 Sept 2016

Sign for Liverpool? 'Excellent' £59m goal-machine wanted by Klopp offered £85k-a-week megadeal.

Over the last two years, Liverpool have been continuously linked with a move for Lyon striker Alexander Lacazette, but new developments this week suggest that the ship may finally be sailing on this particular transfer.

Liverpool were last linked with Lacazette in July, and according to Sky Sports today:

"Lacazette has been offered a new deal at Lyon [worth] £85,000-a-week...which could also include a £59m release clause".

This summer was (arguably) the right time to push out all the stops and sign Lacazette, especially with Klopp's apparent lack of faith in Sturridge (and the loss of Benteke and Balotelli). Lacazette's stats over the last two season

* 73 goals/assists in 88 games (one every 100 mins)

* This Season: 6 goals/assists in his first three league games.

£22m is a comparative affordable fee for a player with such an excellent creative record, but if Lacazette signs a new deal, the chances of getting him for a reasonable price will immediately dissipate.

This is Liverpool to a tee, though: ignore and/or miss out on reasonably-priced transfer targets when they're cheap (i.e. Lovren @ £8m), and then pay through the nose 1-2 years later when they're massively overpriced (i.e. Lovren @ £20m).

Should Liverpool still pursue Lacazette in the future?

* Described last month as 'excellent' by Lyon boss Bruno Genesio.


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