Lyon frontman Alexandre Lacazette has admitted he is ready to seal a transfer to the Premier this summer, but has ruled out leaving the French giants in January because of personal goals he is yet to accomplish in Ligue 1. This has come has a welcoming good news for several clubs such as Arsenal who have reportedly been keeping tabs on the progress of the French international.
Liverpool and Chelsea are also known to be long-term admires of Lacazette. The 24-year-old striker has developed into an integral member of LES Gones’ after he emerged to be one top striking prospects in Europe last season when he took Ligue 1 by becoming the top scorer with 27 goals in 33 appearances.
His stunning goal-scoring form seems to be alive this season with a marvelous 31 goals in all appearances. The Gunners had switched their minds from preparing a bid for the French international after Lyon president Jean-Michel Aulas reiterated last week that the forward would remain with Les Gones’ “for some time because Lyon cannot do without player of his ability”.
Lyon managed to forward last summer, but Lacazette has now revealed that he has an understanding with his club’s president that allows him to leave in the summer if the right offer comes in.
Speaking to the Telegraph, Lacazette said: “Yes, I am thinking about it and the Premier League is very attractive for a player. But I know that to go there I have to do well this season. So I am very concentrated on doing well and maybe, after that, I will go there.”
“I know that it is possible that I will move to the Premier League and Lyon are aware of that also. There is no formal agreement that I will go, but the president [Aulas] knows that it’s a possibility that I will leave Lyon at the end of the season.”
Explaining why he is not ready to leave Lyon this transfer window, he said: “I will stay at Lyon in January. I have some personal objectives to follow from until the end of the season. Then at the end of the season we will see. I will speak about staying or not at Lyon.
“The first goal is to improve the position of the team [Lyon are sixth in Ligue 1] and make sure we finish in second place and qualify for the Champions League. The second objective is more personal, it is about scoring goals.”
He goes further to explain that he is deeply interested to join a club that already plays Champions League football and with an attractive style of play.
“They should play Champions League and play good football, passing the ball and not just hitting it from box to box. Not kick and rush. It would not work for me,” he said.
“I have spoken with Francis Coquelin and I know [Henri] Saivet who has just signed for Newcastle and when I am with the French national team, I talk to [Mamadou] Sakho, [Eliaquim] Mangala, [Bacary] Sagna and they all speak very highly of the Premier League.”