Report: Liverpool face Italian competition for Lacazette

Alexandre Lacazette

Italian media sources are reporting that three Serie A clubs have joined the race for Lyon's Alexandre Lacazette.

Constantly linked with moves to England this summer by sources such as the Daily Star, it seems that Arsenal, Manchester City and Liverpool may have competition for the signature of dazzling Olympique Lyonnais forward Alexandre Lacazette.

According to news outfit Sport Mediaset, Serie A clubs, Juventus, AS Roma and Fiorentina are also closely following the France international.

However, the report states that because Lacazette is under contract until 2018 it is expected that the centre-forward will lead Les Gones' attack next season.

The hope of President Jean-Michel Aulas is that Lacazette will remain at the club for another season, and he will be in place to continue to score goals in their new Stade de Lumières when it opens in January.

Despite missing five games this season through injury, Lacazette is still the top scorer in Ligue 1 with 24 goals, nine more than the 15 he managed last season.

It’s easy to see why Lacazette’s stock has risen this campaign. Last season was obviously no fluke, and with every excellent performance the striker shows what he could bring to one of Europe’s top sides.

It would take a huge bid to tempt Aulas into even considering selling his crown jewel; even then, Lacazette could stay. The forward has said it is up to the club and unless someone offers a ridiculous amount, there is a great chance the 23-year-old will continue in Ligue 1 next season.

Continuing his career in France would see the forward play Champions League football next season, that being the last competition that he has yet to feature in since he has blossomed as a top-level striker.

Success against Europe’s elite would see his stock rise further and Aulas' price go even higher.

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