France striker open to Liverpool or Arsenal move

Alexandre Lacazette

Lyon striker Alexandre Lacazette has opened the door for a move to the Premier League with Arsenal and Liverpool reportedly chasing the youngster.

The 22-year-old France international has been in fine form with Lyon this term in Ligue 1, catching the attention of Arsenal and Liverpool. The centre-forward has scored 21 goals and provided eight assists in all competitions for the French giants this season and has now opened the door to a move to the Premier League this summer.

"I'm tempted to try and experience life abroad," Lacazette told The Sun.

"Are Arsenal and Liverpool interested? An experience in another major league fascinates me."

Reports of a deal in the pipeline for the France youngster appear to be coming to fruition, and the prospect of Lacazette being brought to Anfield or the Emirates could be more than just a rumour. The Premier League giants will have the perfect opportunity to study their target this summer at the World Cup in Brazil, where Lacazette will be vying for a place in Didier Deschamps' team with Gunners striker Olivier Giroud and Real Madrid forward Karim Benzema.

The North Londoners are also linked with Benzema, who has reportedly been unsettled at the Bernabeu this season, but Lacazette has all the marks of an Arsene Wenger signing – an up-and-coming French protégé in the mould of Thierry Henry.

However, Brendan Rodgers’ Reds may be a tempting move for the youngster after the season the Northern Irishman’s side have had this term but Lacazette may struggle to compete with the likes of Player of the Year Luis Suarez and Daniel Sturridge at the Merseyside giants.

Arsenal’s need for a centre-forward is no secret, but the Gunners also have yet to secure a new deal with Wenger to stay on past this summer. Giroud’s young compatriot Yaya Sanogo may also have some reservations about his path to regular first-team access should Lacazette sign for Arsenal but competition is no bad thing.

Liverpool’s qualification for the Champions League will likely mean Rodgers necessarily will have a requirement for strength in depth and, after his performances for Lyon this season, Lacazette could be the ideal signing to reinforce the Reds’ challenge across all competitions next term.

Judging by his comments this week, it certainly seems as if the player is ready to take that challenge on in the Premier League.

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