Olympique Lyon have received a “very nice offer” from Arsenal for Liverpool target Alexandre Lacazette, according to The Metro.
Liverpool have been linked with the signature of Lyon forward Lacazette for a few seasons now but with the Frenchman making his desire to leave public, reports linking Liverpool with a move have intensified.
Last season, the striker scored 37 goals in all competitions, thrusting himself into the attention of all the biggest clubs in Europe. Atletico Madrid were favourites to sign him but their transfer ban makes it impossible to sign him.
It has emerged, however, that Liverpool’s Premier League rivals Arsenal have submitted a bid for Lacazette.
According to The Metro, Lyon president Michel Aulas confirmed that Arsenal had bid for him in a Q&A on Friday.
Aulas said: “Lacazette was told he could leave. We now have a very nice offer from Arsenal. But for us he will not leave.”
In May, Lacazette said that the club which signed him would need to play good football and play in the Champions League – yet again causing lazy journalists to link the Reds with the Frenchman. This will come as bad news for Arsenal news, though, as they are only in the Europa League.
Although Daniel Sturridge hasn’t yet been linked with a move to a new club, many believe the Englishman could depart this summer.
If that proves to be the case, Liverpool will need to sign a new forward and Lacazette would be the perfect replacement with his predatory instincts and goalscoring record.
Having said that, the Frenchman will not come cheap and we all know that Liverpool haven’t exactly been free-spending when it comes to splashing the cash on marquee signings with Andy Carroll still the club’s record signing.