Liverpool will reignite their interest in Lyon striker Alexandre Lacazette after the 24-year-old’s contract negotiations with the club broke down earlier this week.
Lacazette was the leading goalscorer in Ligue 1 last season with an impressive 27 goals in 31 games for Lyon and Liverpool are one of the favourites to land the highly talented Frenchman with reports surfacing from Melwood that the club are prepared to launch a £28 million bid to bring the talented marksman to Anfield.
The Reds have had a busy summer so far with James Milner, Roberto Firimino and Nathaniel Clyne all signing for the club over the last month but Brendan Rodgers side are still in desperate need of a proven goalscorer with Christian Benteke and Lacazette reportedly the club’s top targets.
According to French publication L’Equipe, a deal between Lyon and Lacazette is not close to being agreed, which could entice the Reds to renew their interest in the talented striker. Liverpool failed to fill the void left by Luis Suarez last season and paid for it with their sixth placed league finish as Mario Balotelli and Rickie Lambert were undisputed flops in their debut season on Merseyside.
In Lacazette, Liverpool would secure a striker that scored three times as many goals than the Reds top scorer last season Steven Gerrard. No Liverpool player scored over 10 league goals last season with Balotelli and Lambert struggling to find their feet while Daniel Sturridge battled injury for the majority of the season. The lack of goals from Liverpool’s frontline has forced the club to look elsewhere for attacking talent and in Lacazette they would have one of Europe’s most prolific strikers at a reasonable price.
Aston Villa will not sell star striker Christian Benteke to Liverpool unless the Reds trigger Benteke’s £32.5 million release clause. If Lyon were to accept Liverpool’s bid, the Reds would acquire a better goalscorer at a cheaper price, albeit from a different league. Although Benteke has proven himself as a consistent goalscorer in the top flight of English football, with 49 goals from 100 appearances for the Villains, Lacazette has shown enough this season for Lyon to prove that he is well worth the investment.
Liverpool need goals and relying on their current forward crop will not get them back into the Champions League, and while there has been a long list of strikers that have failed to live up to the hype on Merseyside, Lacazette’s phenomenal 2014-2015 season is enough to warrant the club’s renewed interest.
The Frenchman has the potential to be the club’s cornerstone up front as the club reboot their squad and prepare to offload several players. If Liverpool fail to pounce on the breakout striker now, Europe’s powerhouses could come calling next season if he can replicate his success this season into the next and has a successful Euro 2016 campaign with France. Liverpool are in desperate need of quality and consistency up front and at the moment they don’t come any more prolific than Lacazette.