In-demand striker AlexandreLacazette says he will only leave Lyon for a team playing Champions League football. This statement might be the player’s respond concerning the report that he has attracted interest from a number of Europe’s top clubs after scoring 27 goals for Ligue 1 runners-up Lyon and being named as France’s player of the season.
Lyon have qualified for the Champions League group stages after finishing second in Ligue 1. He has played over 150 matches across all competitions for Lyon since 2010, scoring over 50 goals in Ligue 1. In 2014/2015 he was the league’s top scorer with 27 goals in 33 games, and also the Player of the Season.
According to France Football, Arsenal, Manchester City and Liverpool are all in contention to sign the forward, although the latter’s lack of Champions League football is likely to hamper their chances. Arsenal is reportedly become a serious contenders to sign Lyon striker AlexandreLacazette this summer. As an addition, it is claimed that a source close to the club has revealed that Lyon president Jean-Michel Aulas would consider an offer £29million plus bonuses.
If a deal is to be struck, Lyon would reportedly like to get it done before the end of June, with the club looking to boost their final balance sheet for the 2014/15 season as they negotiate with advertisers for their new stadium. Lacazette is under contract until 2018 after signing an extension at the beginning of the season, has scored 51 league goals in 139 games since making his debut in 2010. He made his international debut for France in 2013 and has scored once in six games for his national team.
But the 24-year-old has hinted he is not certain to stay with his boyhood club, especially if the right offer comes his way. “Everything depends on the destination. It would have to be for a Champions League club. Barcelona and Real Madrid – you don’t reject them,” Lacazette said. “I could stay at Lyon next season and have a terrible season, I could leave and have an incredible season.”
Lacazette, who is in the France squad for upcoming friendlies against Belgium and Albania, says he intends to relax this summer and let his agent deal with his future. “I will go on holiday, let my agent talk and take care of all that. I won’t be disturbed. It won’t worry me at all,” he said. “Once I have decided, I want everything to go quickly. If I go to a club with six center-forwards, it’s not the same as if I’m first choice.”