[sociallocker id=”199380″]Premier League giants Arsenal and Manchester City have placed themselves in the running to sign Olympique Lyonnais enigmatic centre-forward Alexandre Lacazette once the transfer window re-opens in the summer.
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Lacazette, 25, has been in blazing form for Lyon this season, scoring a whopping 27 goals and three assists in 32 appearances so far for Les Gones. With such lethal skills in front of goal, it’s no wonder many top clubs across Europe are vying to secure his signature.
According to French outlet Telefoot, London giants Arsenal and their Premier League rivals Manchester City are both keen to land the Lyon academy graduate.
The Gunners, for their part, have long been linked with making a move for the French forward but so far have not made any serious attempts to sign the young goal-poacher. Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger is known to be a fan of Lacazette and reports indicate the French tactician will finally make a move for the player in the summer.
Manchester City, meanwhile, are keen to add a solid striker to provide competition, or perhaps a replacement for Sergio Aguero. The Argentine target man is thought to be unsettled at the Etihad Stadium amidst reports of a souring of his relationship with manager Pep Guardiola.
Both sides are thought to be unfazed by Lyon’s prospective demands for Lacazette, which could amount to at least £35-million.
The two English heavyweights are not without competition from other leagues, however. La Liga stalwarts Atletico Madrid and Bundesliga giants Borussia Dortmund are also in the mix of suitors gunning to reel in Lacazette to their respective clubs.
And while it remains to be seen who will eventually win the race to sign the 24-year-old, one thing that is growing ever more certain is his departure from Lyon.
“He is doing well in Lyon and loves it here,” said Lyon boss Bruno Genesio.
“But we will see about his future at the end of the season. It will certainly be difficult to keep him at the club [beyond the summer],” the manager added.