Lyon striker Alexandre Lacazette has confirmed in an interview with L’EQUIPE that he will leave the club in the summer.
The 25-year-old has been heavily linked to a move to Atletico Madrid but the likes of Arsenal and Liverpool have also reportedly lodged an interest.
The France international has scored 35 goals in 44 games for the Ligue 1 outfit this season and is primed for a move to bigger club.
Here, we weigh up the options he has to consider.
It’s no secret that Arsene Wenger is an admirer of the striker and the Arsenal boss definitely enjoys a French flavour in his side. Lacazette’s pace, movement and finishing coupled with his strength and ability to hold the ball up makes him a prime candidate to lead the Gunners’ forward line.
Olivier Giroud has been in good form but can never quiet justify a regular starting berth while Alexis Sanchez is explosive regardless of whether he’s played through the middle or from the left flank. With the Chilean wreaking havoc in the final third and Mesut Ozil’s eye for a killer pass, Lacazette is sure to enjoy plenty of chances and together, the trio could become a force to reckon with.
If Sanchez moves this summer though, Arsenal will be all the more desperate to reel in a proven goal scorer like Lacazette to fill the void. Much will depend on whether or not they will have Champions League football to offer next season as that would appear to be a deal-breaker for the Frenchman.
Likelihood – 6/10
Jurgen Klopp’s teams generally thrive on quick counter-attacks and while Sadio Mane in particular has been the focus of such breakaways this season, Liverpool would certainly benefit from another forward with scintillating pace in behind.
Roberto Firmino has done a fine job up front as has Divock Origi but Lacazette would take the team to the next level in terms of goal-scoring. Daniel Sturridge’s injury concerns seem to have no end and the Frenchman would operate in his stead to devastating affect.
However, if the English international does enjoy one of his more prominent seasons in terms of playing time, the prospect of the two working in tandem, much like Sturridge did with Luis Suarez, is enticing.
Similar to the situation with Arsenal though, Champions League football will prove pivotal.
Likeliood – 5/10
Lacazette has already voiced his admiration for Atletico Madrid who are undoubtedly the front-runners in the race for his signature.
The Vincente Calderon has proved to be a haven for strikers in recent years with the likes of Fernando Torres, Sergio Aguero, Mario Mandzukic, Diego Costa and Antoine Griezmann all thriving at the club. Lacazette will hope that he can continue the trend as they move into the new Wanda Metropolitano stadium.
Diego Simeone has always ensured that his strikers enjoy plenty of service and it will be no different with Lacazette. The prolific scorer will have to shoulder much of the responsibility in attack and has to be willing to put a shift in as well but Atletico’s system with a centre forward in behind would keep him from being isolated.
If United manage to lure Griezmann to Old Trafford as is reported, then Lacazette would have the chance to be the main man at Atletico as well.
The Madrid outfit have already secured Champions League football and boast an added advantage over Arsenal and Liverpool as they can also claim to be serious contenders for the league title. However, the Premier League clubs could well be willing to write him a bigger pay cheque.
Likelihood – 8/10