Liverpool are prepared to try and tempt Lyon forward Alexandre Lacazette into snubbing Arsenal and making a summer move to Anfield instead, according to recent reports.
The 26-year-old scored 37 goals and made five assists in 45 appearances for Lyon last season. He’s long been linked with Arsenal but Liverpool are beleived to be in a position to meet the Ligue 1 side’s lofty asking price, reports The Sun.
Atletico Madrid were previously frontrunners for the forward’s signature, but their transfer ban has been upheld. So if he still signs this summer, he will be unable to make his competitive debut until next January.
Arsenal have been heavily linked with a formal approach for Lacazette in recent years, but efforts have been unsuccessful. As we reported early last month, Lacazette revealed that his next side will be a step-up in quality from the Ligue 1 side and consequently competing in the UEFA Champions League.
It’s increasingly unlikely he’ll remain a Lyon player beyond this summer, meaning Arsenal’s attempts to reignite their interest in him are likely to fail once more if rivals for his signature respond quickly.
This is where Liverpool come into the picture. Jurgen Klopp’s side qualified for a place among Europe’s elite on the final day of the Premier League season and although they’ve got a qualifying round to contend with, it’s likely that they’ll progress into the group stages of next season’s competition.
Lacazette has already praised England’s top flight whilst admitting it could be “an interesting option” for him. Eager to lessen the load on Brazilian duo Philippe Coutinho and Roberto Firmino in the final third, a move for Lacazette could be the perfect opportunity for Klopp to strengthen in attack with a tough season ahead.