The ongoing saga surrounding Lyon striker Alexandre Lacazette looks to have taken a fresh twist with the news that the French club’s current manager is set to step down from his post.
Remi Garde will leave Lyon at the end of the current campaign, citing personal reasons and a wish to spend more time with his family as the main catalysts behind the move.
His departure is nevertheless a blow to Lacazette, who has thrived under the former Arsenal player this season and had looked set to remain at Stade de Gerland next season under the stewardship of Garde.
But with a change of manager likely to bring a change of philosophy to a club that has favoured home-grown talent over expensive imports in the past few years, the 22-year-old could look to engineer an exit away from the Ligue 1 side.
And he will certainly not struggle to find suitors, with the Premier League thought to be Lacazette’s preference, having grown up watching the likes of David Ginola and Thierry Henry impress in the English top-flight.
While Newcastle United are thought to be keen on the striker, it looks likely to be an all-out battle between Arsenal and Tottenham to land the forward.
The Gunners may slightly shade things at present, given that they would be able to offer the Frenchman Champions League football and the chance to work alongside Arsene Wenger but Spurs should not be discounted.
Already in the Europa League – a competition Lacazette impressed in this term – and willing to offer a bumper contract, the announcement of Tim Sherwood’s sacking also means the forward may be brought in to work alongside an exciting young manager like Mauricio Pochettino or Frank de Boer.
The opportunity to work with either man is likely to tempt, with both developing reputations for playing attractive, attacking football, but whether that will be enough to see him resist the overtures of Wenger and Arsenal remains to be seen.