According to a detailed report by Cadena COPE’s Antonio Ruiz, Alexandre Lacazette is in verbal agreement with Atletico Madrid over a summer move to the La Liga.

The French forward has been linked with a move to Atletico before as well as to Arsenal and Ruiz’ reports is the latest indication that Lacazette will be packing his bags this summer. Lyon’s manager Bruno Génésio admitted that it will be very difficult to hold onto Lacazette this summer given his impressive form.

When Génésio was asked about Lacazette’s future by Telefoot he replied, as quoted by the Liverpool Echo, “I don’t know, he’s happy at OL, isn’t he?

“We’ll see at the end of the season, it could be hard to keep him but we’ll see.”

That, coupled with Ruiz’ report claiming that Lacazette has an agreement with Atletico Madrid should be enough to convince you that his move to the La Liga giants is written in the stars, right?

Perhaps not.

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Although it’s reported that there is a verbal transfer agreement between Lacazette and Atletico, nothing has been agreed with Lyon and this could complicate matters. The French forward has been prolific for a number of years and will fetch a large sum of money. Money that Atletico might be reluctant to pay.

Then, and this is the real nutcracker, there is Atletico’s transfer ban. As correctly pointed out by Into the Calderon, “A decision by the Court of Arbitration for Sport is expected by the end of April, which will or will not clear the biggest hurdle to signing Lacazette.”

Liverpool are in dire need of a new forward and Lacazette represents what the club needs desperately: a world class striker.

Whether or not Liverpool will be able to sign Lacazette or a player of his ilk depends on a number of varying factors. Firstly, the Frenchman is undoubtedly looking for a club that can offer Champions League football which is no certainty for Liverpool at this point. Secondly, he may well be looking for a pay-raise which shouldn’t be an issue as FSG are ready to back Klopp to the hilt.

And the final obstacle, one which is not easily cleared, is whether or not the likes of Lacazette and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang regard Liverpool as a big club.

The next nine games for Liverpool are monumental and will essentially shape what happens at the club for the coming 18 months.

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