Liverpool is desperately on the lookout for a striker this winter. With Daniel Sturridge’s continual injury problems keeping the England forward out of action and Mario Balotelli’s failure to match expectations, Brendan Rodgers needs reinforcements.
Divock Origi won’t be joining from Lille until the end of the season, ultimately leaving the Anfield club without a huge amount of options for the second half of the season.
Lyon striker Alexandre Lacazette has constantly been linked with a move to England, with Arsenal and Chelsea leading the race. However, as the 23-year-old continues to score important goals for OL, the stronger the French clubs resolve is to try and keep him in France.
When asked about his forward’s future, Lyon president Jean-Michel Aulas was quick to back-up that his prize asset wouldn’t be moving on.
“There is a difference from the time we sold Karim Benzema. Now we have a big stadium, with new revenue involved. There will be no need to sell our best players. Lacazette is not going anywhere. We have the means to keep him with us.”
When Lyon sold Benzema to Real Madrid, the club was excellent at selling on its best assets for a profit and then buying talented Ligue 1 players on the cheap. It was the business model that helped them win seven straight Ligue 1 titles.
Usually when Lyon sells, they either have a replacement ready to come through, or have a target lined up. Right now, Aulas is not ready to part with his prized asset. Especially not before Lacazette leads Lyon into their new stadium next season.
Lyon currently sits third in the Ligue 1 table, only two points behind Marseille in first place. There is a small gap beginning to appear between third and fourth, helping Lyon seal that Champions League place.
No amount of money would convince Aulas to give up that chance of finishing back in the top three.
Liverpool has a great chance of signing Lacazette at some point, but it won’t be before Aulas and Lyon think it is the right time. The player is happy and contracted till 2018. Only an astronomical bid would force Aulas into considering letting Ligue 1’s top striker leave.