Alexandre Lacazette has revealed what it would require to sign him and it could put Liverpool at the head of the queue ahead of the likes of Arsenal and Manchester United.
After a morale-boosting win over Watford on Monday night at Vicarage Road, Liverpool took a huge step towards qualifying for next season’s Champions League.
Liverpool has been absent from Europe’s elite competition for eight years, bar the travesty of the 2014/15 season, and returning to the tournament would allow the club to target players of a quality that has been absent for several years since the likes of Fernando Torres, Xabi Alonso and Javier Mascherano left the club.
That being said, Jürgen Klopp is targeting Virgil Van Dijk and Naby Keita to bolster the side. Liverpool has also been linked with a move for Lyon striker Alexandre Lacazette.
Lacazette has scored 31 goals in 40 games in all competitions this season, emphasising his quality. The Frenchman is looking for a move away from the Parc Olympique Lyonnais and has described what it would take to sign him, with Champions League a pre-requisite.
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Speaking to UEFA.com, he explained, “This summer I might go for a breath of fresh air and try something different, always with the idea of progressing in football and as a person.”
“I’m going to keep working, with the hope that good opportunities come for me this summer.
“[The team I join] will have to be in the Champions League and play good football.
“Passing the ball, not just hitting it from box to box. Not kick and rush. That would not work for me.”
Lacazette’s comments would put Liverpool in a good position to sign him with Liverpool ticking all the boxes. The style of play that Jürgen Klopp has cultivated on Merseyside is one which the French forward would thrive under.
I’d love to think that Lacazette’s mention of teams that “kick and rush” is a reference to the direct style of football that Jose Mourinho has Manchester United playing this season.
Whoever he meant, if Liverpool is interested in Lacazette at all, his comments certainly put the Reds in a great position to sign him this summer. With Arsenal and Manchester United likely to miss out on the top four this season, Liverpool would be favourites to secure his signature.
Although Manchester United could qualify for the Champions League via the Europa League, they could meet Lacazette’s Lyon side in the final which poses a real threat to their chances of qualification.
There is a lack of certainty surrounding whether Liverpool is going to sign a starting striker this summer or not. Daniel Sturridge’s future is in doubt and would need to be replaced if he left and replacing him with Lacazette would be the perfect way to signal intent ahead of an important season for Liverpool.
With three games to go and Champions League football not guaranteed yet, Liverpool needs to finish the job to ensure summer transfer targets can be secured with Lacazette on the move.