21 Mar 2017

Deal Agreed: 'Extraordinary' £50m striker wanted by 'Liverpool' seals transfer after secret meeting

It looks like Liverpool's long pursuit of one of France's most prolific striker may finally be over, and once again, the Reds appear to have fallen on stony ground.

Liverpool have been constantly linked with Lyon star Alexandre Lacazette over the last few years, with the most recent link coming at the beginning of March, when The Mirror claimed:

"[Liverpool] Reps have sounded out Lyon and made it clear the Reds admire him [Lacazette] greatly."

Soon after, French journalist Julien Laurens claimed:

"He [Lacazette] will go to England. Liverpool, Arsenal or Tottenham. You will have to pay around £40m or £50m."

Well, Lacazette will apparently not 'go to England'. According to a report on Sky Sports today:

* Lacazette has agreed to sign for Atletico Madrid next season.

* The striker and his agent met with Atletico CEO Miguel Angel Gil last month and reached a 'verbal agreement'.

In my view, this is a massive blow for the Reds. Lacazette is arguably perfect for Liverpool's system, and his formidable creative stats over the last four seasons show his enduring consistency:

* 130 goals/assists in 174 apps (One every 109 mins)

* 20+ goals every season for the last four years.

* This season: 33 goals/assists in 35 apps (One every 83 mins).

If this is true, it's typical Liverpool. The Reds have had years to try and sign Lacazette, but as usual, the club as missed the boat. Another one bites the dust.

* Hailed by Thierry Henry as 'extraordinary'


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