Speaking in an interview with Canal+, former West Ham striker target Alexandre Lacazette confirmed that he will be seeking to leave Lyon in the summer.
“I think that the right moment has arrived to leave. I think that this summer I will need a change of scenery and discover something else, still with the idea of advancing and progressing in terms of football and as a person. I will continue to work, in the hope that good opportunities will come this summer. Barcelona to join Umtiti? It is a very big club. They have extraterrestrials upfront. It would be a dream… If that happens, great, but I am not here to say that I will take a place from Luis Suarez. But I would like to play for them one day.”
Lyon President Jean Michel Aulas has confirmed that he has rejected multiple offers for Alexandre Lacazette last summer, the largest being a €40m (£31m) bid from West Ham he alleged.
The striker has scored 18 goals from 17 league starts this season in Ligue 1. He has scored an additional 3 goals in cup competitions taking his record to 21 goals from 25 apperances in all competitions.
Personally,i’ll rather wait to see progress of our own young lions like Martinez and Fletcher…they will play with more hearth then highly overpayed mercenaries..
All this talk of a 25 goal a season man is wrong. First, I believe it isn’t something we need with our strikers and perhaps more to the point, second, we can’t afford this type of player in this market and only the top top teams have this type of striker. Its all well and good bringing in a 25 goal a season man but there is no guarantees they will get anywhere near that amount and they will be under enormous pressure to hit the ground running.
With our crop of strikers – Carroll, Sakho, Ayew, Antonio – all these are capable of scoring 10 goals + a season (even with injuries) I would be very interested to see if Carroll and Sakho are fully fit at the same time who Slaven goes with. If Sakho can come back and perform for the remainder of the season I would look to be tying him down for another 3 years minimum. He offers pace, runs in behind and is a good finisher.
Lets say we get to the end of the season with Carroll, Sakho, Ayew and Antonio all fit and raring to go next year. Do we need to go and spend money on another forward when I would suggest money could be better spent in other areas of the team. Where are you going to improve ….. a striker better in the air than Carroll, a striker quicker and a better finisher than Sakho or someone more adaptable than Ayew?!?!??! I think you would struggle and then we always have Fletcher who will want game time.
For me the only thing I would consider in the summer is a short term move for Defoe if Ayew decided he wanted to go to China for a final pay day or Sakho didn’t want to sign up for longer.