Amidst speculation of a move to Liverpool, Alexandre Lacazette has said that he would be open to a move to the Premier League.
With reports indicating that both Mohamed Salah is close to being a Liverpool player and that Virgil Van Dijk has agreed to join the Reds, signing Alexandre Lacazette could be the next step in securing Liverpool’s status for next season as Premier League title challengers.
There are a number of important figures missing from Liverpool’s team, with a natural left-back and a competent centre-back to partner Jöel Matip chief among them. Jürgen Klopp’s side also lacks a world-class forward that is capable of playing every week and could score 20+ goals every season in the Premier League.
While I believe Harry Kane is not yet a world-class striker, the Englishman certainly proved last season that he is a top forward. Spurs rely heavily on Kane for goals, with the no.10 scoring 29 of Tottenham’s 86 goals.
Liverpool need a player like Harry Kane – even if all he does is score goals and work hard to win the ball back up front.
And while reports linking Liverpool with Lacazette have been tenuous, to say the least, the Frenchman has hinted he could make the switch to England this summer with his move to Atletico Madrid being scuppered by the Spanish club’s transfer ban being upheld.
Lacazette praised the Premier League, saying it’s a ‘great’ division, further fuelling the fire surrounding his future.
“That could be an interesting option,” the Frenchman said while speaking on Eurosport’s Facebook Live feed, via the Metro. Lacazette’s answer came in response to questions about him joing an English club.
“It is a great league with interesting teams. For the moment, those are only rumours.”
The Lyon forward confirmed that he would be waiting until his international commitments with France had been fulfilled before making any decisions on his future.
Lacazette added: “I will wait until the end of the international stint with France before taking any decision.
“Like everyone else, I heard the news [about Atletico]. This was always going to be a possibility, it was 50-50. The decision had not perturbed me, life goes on.”
Liverpool stand in good stead to sign Lacazette, with the Frenchman saying, “[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.”
Liverpool are the only team in the Premier League that meet those criteria that need a new forward. Arsenal, who need a new forward, don’t have Champions League football and Manchester United, who have Champion League football, don’t play the football Lacazette wants.
Last season, Lacazette scored 37 goals in all competitions* and would certainly bring a wealth of attacking ability to Liverpool’s side. For now, however, we do need to wait for more concrete reports to indicate that a move is on the go for Liverpool.
*Stats via Whoscored.com