By Dominic Toner
Liverpool are interested in signing Lyon striker Alexandre Lacazette, according to a report.
The Daily Mirror claim that the Reds are keen on the 25-year-old and will challenge Premier League rivals Arsenal for his signature, who are preparing for life potentially without talisman Alexis Sanchez next season.
It is understood that clubs will have to meet the £60million buy-out clause to sign the Frenchman.
The report details that Liverpool want to sign Lacazette, but will need to off-load first-team player Daniel Sturridge before a move.
England international Sturridge has fallen out-of-favour with manager Jurgen Klopp this season and been restricted to cameo appearances in the Premier League.
He has scored just six goals in 21 appearances for the Merseyside club this season and is future at Anfield seems uncertain.
Meanwhile, Lacazette has been in sensational form in Ligue 1 this season and is a stark contrast of Sturridge.
The forward has scored a remarkable 27 goals in 31 appearances this campaign and looks destined for a big-money move in the summer.
Football Insider verdict:
Liverpool need a prolific goal scorer next season and a recognised number nine striker, something they are really lacking in the present. Roberto Firmino is a technically gifted player, but does not have the skill set to lead the line for the entire season. Lacazette would certainly fit the mould for the Reds and he has been destined for a move to England for some time now. The striker has been destroying France’s league in recent seasons and now needs a new challenge to prove himself. Liverpool should consider splashing the cash for Lacazette as he is exactly what they need if they are to compete at the top. However, the £60million price tag is likely to be a deterrent and there have been numerous flops that have struggled making the move from France to England. Meanwhile, Sturridge’s possible exit is a sad one as he is without question a natural goal scorer. Unfortunately for him he has not fitted into Klopp’s system and deserves regular football elsewhere.
In other Liverpool transfer news, Phil Thompson has explained what the club must do in the next window.