Liverpool close in on deal to sign £50m goal-machine according to respected source:
Liverpool are targeting a summer move for Lyon striker Alexandre Lacazette, with French football journalist Julien Laurens saying he believes he will move to the Premier League this summer, per the Daily Mirror.
Lacazette, 25, has seen his reputation grow in the last couple of seasons and he is now rated as one of the best strikers in Europe.
He has been linked with English clubs in the past, but has previously stated his desire to stay in France. Now, though, there could be some movement on a deal.
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The Reds are said to be keen on him, as well as Arsenal and Tottenham, according to Laurens, and the journalist told BT Sport that Lacazette could be set for a switch to England.
“I think he’ll move to England,” he said.
“Whether that is Liverpool, Tottenham or Arsenal, I don’t know, but he’ll cost around £40m or £50m.”
Alexandre Lacazette has now scored 50 goals for Lyon across all competitions since the start of last season.— Squawka Football (@Squawka) February 26, 2017
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Where the France international moves will likely depend on who qualifies for the Champions League. All three of those clubs are well in the race, and Liverpool can strengthen their case with victory over struggling managerless Leicester at the King Power Stadium on Monday night.
But if Jurgen Klopp is to lure Lacazette to Anfield, it will require a tactical change. This season, Liverpool have played three up front but without a specific focal point, with Roberto Firmino playing centrally, flanked by Sadio Mane and Philippe Coutinho.
As a result, the two out and out strikers really in the first team picture, Daniel Sturridge and Divock Origi, are struggling to hold down a first team place.
Sturridge, in particular, has not had the best of times under Klopp thanks to injuries and poor form. But signing Lacazette would be a real statement of intent for the Merseysiders, providing an attacking threat the club have lacked since the sale of Luis Suarez to Barcelona in 2014.
Arsenal’s interest in the star has been reported for a long time, but could cool, at least until the future of Arsene Wenger is resolved.
Wenger’s contract is up this summer, and recent poor form, culminating in a 5-1 defeat to Bayern Munich in the Champions League, has resulted in fans calling for him to leave after 21 years in charge.
Tottenham, too, would be an unlikely move, with Harry Kane scoring his 100th goal for the club against Stoke City at the weekend, en route to his third hat-trick in just nine games.