Since his prolific during the 2014-15 campaign, Alexandre Lacazette has been touted as one of the top strikers in Europe making the hitman some seriously hot property in which the media have suggested could move onto a number of different teams.
However the summer of 2015 came and went and no such move materialised for Lacazette, the man who netted 27 goals in 33 league appearances for Lyon. In fact just as the window closed and the new 2015-16 season began, Alexandre earned himself a new deal, extending his contract and raising his wages.
Fast forward to now and the striker has not quite lived up to last season’s prolifically consistent form, netting 13 in 26 league appearances helping Lyon to 4th in the Ligue 1 table as things currently stand.
Maybe not the form to earn Alexandre the title ‘Best Striker in Europe’, however averaging 1 goal every 2 games and assisting a vital goal in a 2-1 win over Paris Saint-Germain (the French Champions only league defeat of the season) are certainly good statistics to have and would certainly make the pacey striker an attractive proposition for any club.
So what does the future hold for Lacazette? Well the player himself spoke about just that with French publication Le10 Sport last week.
When asked about a move away, Alexandre stated, “A departure? Yes, I think about [it and] the Premier League is very attractive for a player. But I know that to go, I have to play well this season.”
He added, “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.”
This could be music to Jürgen Klopp’s ears as it has been widely reported the German boss is on the lookout for a top striker for his side as he looks to shift the likes of Balotelli and Benteke out of the door.
A player with such qualities as Lacazette could fit perfectly in the fast-paced attacking football Klopp loves to play and this factor alone could just make the number 10 Jürgen’s number one summer transfer target.
With that being said, clubs such as; Manchester City, Chelsea, Arsenal, Newcastle, Wolfsburg and Juventus joining the Reds for the French internationals signature, it seems likely that Lyon will not hold onto Lacazette for another season. However, after signing a contract extension at the beginning of the season a large fee will almost be guaranteed to be coming Lyon’s way.