Liverpool could be about to steal a march on top four rivals Arsenal by submitting a bid for Lyon striker Alexandre Lacazette.
According to French publication L’Equipe*, Liverpool are “focused on signing Lacazette.”
Lacazette, who scored 37 goals in all competitions last season, was linked with a transfer to Atletico Madrid during May, with Antoine Griezmann expected to leave the Spanish capital.
However, the upholding of their transfer ban ultimately saw Lacazette’s countryman and international teammate sign a new contract and the possibility of any move falling through.
If L’Equipe* are correct and the Reds are indeed in the race to sign the Frenchman, it’s not going to be easy.
Lyon president Jean-Michel Aulas revealed that Arsenal have submitted a “very nice offer,” believed to be in the region of £50m while also refusing to rule out the possibility of Lacazette staying put: “We had negotiations with Atletico. Things did not work out. For us he will not leave.”
The Reds are said to want an attacker who can play both through the middle and down the right-hand side – Klopp used Gabonese striker Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang in a similar way during their time together at Dortmund.
Sport Witness have, however, documented their doubts that Lacazette would want to take a step backwards to become a versatile attacker again after being so successful as a number 9 in recent seasons at Lyon.
With reports from Italy and Egypt today both suggesting that Liverpool will give in to AS Roma’s demands and up their bid for winger Mohamed Salah – a right-sided player – it is recommended that you take these Lacazette rumours with a pinch of salt.
Klopp has given no hints that he wants to sign an out and out striker this summer and it is well documented just how much he loves Firmino in the number 9 role.
*L’Equipe is a print publication and is impossible to reference with a linked source. You can, however, see a screenshot of the article in question here*