Lyon striker Alexandre Lacazette has revealed his intention to move to the Premier League this summer, with Liverpool among the clubs said to be interested.
Lacazette was regularly linked with a move to England throughout 2014/15, with his free-scoring campaign at the tip of the Lyon attack piquing the interest of Arsenal, Newcastle United and Liverpool.
But a slow start in 2015/16 has dampened speculation of a big-money transfer for the 24-year-old, who signed a new contract with the Ligue 1 side in August.
However, after a return to form in 2016, Lacazette is once again targeting a move abroad, as he told French publication Le10 Sport last week.
“A departure? Yes, I think about [it and] the Premier League is very attractive for a player,” he admitted.
“But I know that to go, I have to play well this season.
“So I’m very focused and perhaps after that, I will leave.
“I know it is possible to go to the Premier League, and Lyon is also aware.”
With both player and club seemingly aware of interest from Premier League sides, Lacazette now looks to be playing for a move.
The France international has scored 10 goals in 15 league appearances since November, including a hat-trick in Lyon’s 3-0 win at home to Saint-Etienne, and a brace against Bordeaux in February.
Lacazette also played a big hand in Lyon securing a priceless 2-1 win at home to Paris Saint-Germain this month, laying on Maxwel Cornet’s opener.
PSG, Wolfsburg and Juventus are listed as clubs to hold an interest in Lacazette, but the striker now seems set on a move to the Premier League.
Joining Liverpool in the race for his signature are Newcastle, Arsenal, Manchester City and Chelsea.
The prospect of adding Lacazette to the Liverpool attacking ranks could be an attractive one for Jurgen Klopp, who may be looking to replace the ill-fitting Christian Benteke this summer.
Lacazette’s speed, agility and predatory instinct make him the perfect fit for a fast-paced attacking system such as Klopp’s.
His ability to drive through defences and produce moments of magic would give Liverpool an added edge, with Lacazette a fine alternative to current first-choice striker Daniel Sturridge.
Having extended his terms with Lyon at the beginning of the season, however, Lacazette won’t come cheap.
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