Why Liverpool have little chance of landing much-coveted Ligue 1 star

Alexandre Lacazette

Lots of clubs are interested in Lyon striker Alexandre Lacazette, but Liverpool are rank outsiders to secure his signature.

According to a report by Goal.com on Wednesday morning, Liverpool are looking to join a whole host of European clubs in the chase for Olympique Lyonnais star Alexandre Lacazette.

Goal lists seven clubs that are potentially interested in the forward, with Liverpool joining the lengthy queue.

Lacazette has scored 24 goals for Lyon as Les Gones push Paris Saint-Germain all the way to the finish line in this season’s title race. After scoring 15 goals in Ligue 1 last campaign, 39 goals in two seasons have got a few clubs excited about his ability.

There are, however, three huge factors that should stop Liverpool fans from getting too excited about the prospect of landing the France striker.

Lyon president Jean-Michel Aulas is determined to hold on to his star striker this summer. The club open their new 50,000-seater stadium in January and OL hope to have all of their standout performers still at the club come it’s grand unveiling.

With Lyon likely to qualify for the Champions League and money issues less of a problem than they have been in the past, Lyon are in a strong position not to sell. Lacazette has even said it is up to the club if he goes or not - as reported by L'Equipe.

To even persuade the president to consider a bid, any club would likely have to offer around €30 million to tempt a possible sale. Brendan Rodgers already has Daniel Sturridge, Mario Balotelli and Divock Origi for next season, and with Steven Gerrard leaving and a high-profile arrival needed at Anfield, it wouldn’t make sense for Liverpool to spend most of their budget on another striker at this point.

One of the most important factors will be Liverpool’s position at the end of the season. With the calibre of clubs that are interested, regardless of Liverpool’s place in history, failure to qualify for the Champions League will all but end any chance of Liverpool landing Lacazette this summer.

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