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Report: Premier League rivals told to pay £42m for Liverpool striker target

By Harvey Byrne

Arsenal must pay £42million to prise Liverpool target Alexandre Lacazette away from Lyon, according to a report.

The Daily Mail claim that the Ligue 1 giants want at least £42million for the French striker and do not need to sell after defender Samuel Umtiti joined Barcelona for £21million.

There had previously been reports of the 25-year-old having a £34.2million release clause, but Lyon have denied these claims.

It was understood that Jurgen Klopp planned to use the money received for Christian Benteke on the free-scoring striker.

The Reds are on the hunt for a striker this summer as Daniel Sturridge still topped the scoring charts with 13 goals in all competitions in the recently completed season, despite spending large parts of the year injured.

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Lacazette was in fine form last season for current club Lyon, scoring 23 goals in his 44 appearances to help guide them to Champions League qualification.

The forward has only played for Lyon at senior level since his debut in 2010 and could be tempted with a move to the Premier League to further his career.

The Ligue 1 Player of the Year for 204-15 has only made 10 appearances for his national side and was not selected for the France Euro 2016 squad who compete in the final against Portugal on Sunday.

In other Liverpool news, Reds target Neven Subotic is being tracked by a host of Premier League clubs.