By Danny Wright
Liverpool look set to miss out on Alexandre Lacazette as Atletico Madrid have a deal in place to sign the Lyon striker, according to a report.
Spanish news outlet COPE reports that the owner of the Spanish powerhouse, Miguel Angel Gil, met with the 25-year-old’s representatives in February and made a verbal agreement.
The Reds still hold a glimmer of hope though as Atletico are currently banned from making transfers until January 2018 after they were found by FIFA to have breached rules over signing players under the age of 18.
Lyon will not want to let their prized asset go on the cheap and it was reported that they aren’t willing to go into negotiations for anything less than £34.7million.
The Daily Mirror originally reported that both Liverpool and Arsenal were interested in the France international.
Lacazette has scored almost a goal-a-game in Ligue 1 this season with 23 goals in 24 outings.
Only Paris St. German’s Edison Cavani has found the back of the net on more occasions than the Frenchman this season, although he has played in four matches more.
In all competitions during this campaign, the Lyon star man is just one strike shy of the 30-goal mark.
Lacazette has spent his entire career with the seven-time French league title winners, scoring a total of 121 goals in 265 appearances.
Atletico are looking for a new player to become the focal point of their attack after the continued interested from Manchester United in Antoine Griezmann.
Diego Simeone’s side are currently fourth in the Spanish top flight, 10 points behind their great rivals Real Madrid at the top of the league.
Football Insider Verdict
It looks as though it’s back to the drawing board for Liverpool as Atletico can offer Lacazette something that the Merseyside club haven’t been able to consistently achieve in years – silverware and Champions League football. With the rumoured departure of Antoine Griezmann, Atletico will have a lot of money to play around with in the summer and the Lyon striker looks like he’s going to be that man. There are definitely other targets out there for Jurgen Klopp and his scouts to look out but missing out one on of Europe’s most consistent goalscorers is certainly a kick in the teeth for them, and also English football.
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