Lyon striker Alexandre Lacazette has responded to speculation linking him with a summer move to Arsenal, Liverpool or Juventus.
The France international was born in Lyon and has been with the club his entire footballing career having joined as a teenager in 2003. The 22-year-old has risen through the youth ranks and is currently enjoying his most prolific season to date, scoring 22 goals and providing 7 assists in his 40 appearances so far.
His impressive form has seen him linked with summer moves to Arsenal and Liverpool, while Italian champions Juventus have also been strongly credited with interest in recent months.
While Lacazette has promised to do everything he can to help push Lyon up the table, who have had a poor season by their high standards as they sit in the fifth place in the league, he hasn’t ruled out a potential move away from his boyhood club
“Would I like to play for Juventus? I’d be a liar if I said no. I’m tempted to try and experience abroad at a big club. And Juventus are one of the greatest clubs in Europe. Are Arsenal and Liverpool interested in me? I repeat that an experience in another major championship fascinates me. But for now I just think of doing well for Lyon, the club where I have grown up.
“My contract expires in 2016, so we must see what the president [Jean-Michel] Aulas will say and decide.” Lacazette is quoted as saying
Arsenal are currently not well equipped with the presence of numerous strikers and heavily rely on Olivier Giroud as their sole choice up front. Liverpool have arguably the best strike partnership in the league in the form of Luis Suarez and Daniel Sturridge, but don’t have good choices as back-ups. Juventus, on the contrary, are spoilt for choice upfront with the likes of Fernando Llorente, Carlos Tevez, Fabio Quagliarella, Sebastian Giovinco and Marko Vucinic.
Lacazette can play as a lone striker or on the wing, meaning he is versatile enough to be deployed in various positions in the attack. He is an accomplished and impressive finisher. He is not afraid to try long shots, volleys and finesses and has an incredible vision and eye for goal. He also links up play in the attacking third and has splendid one-on-one finishing ability.
Lyon will have a lot of suitors for the player and the French international’s departure looks likely, especially because of his recent comments. It is reported that a bid in the region of £10m would be the starting price Lyon would consider to let their asset go.