According to the French newspaper L’Equipe via AS, Alexandre Lacazette is set to leave Olympique Lyon in the summer with Atletico Madrid being his preferred destination. The striker has scored 31 goals in 40 games this season in all competitions, which led to him being linked with several other top European clubs.
The report states that Atletico have been interested in Lacazette since last summer, but Lyon president Jean-Michel Aulas blocked the transfer. However, the player no longer wants to stay at his boyhood club and will push for a move this time around — giving Aulas no option but to sell him.
Lacazette will reportedly cost €60 million, which Atletico have no problem paying. Yet the main problem for Los Rojiblancos is the FIFA transfer ban they were put under, which would prevent them from signing any new players this summer. The club has already put in an appeal against the ban, and a decision on the matter will be made from the Court of Arbitration for Sport before June.
Should Atletico be prevented from signing Lacazette, a pair of top Premier League clubs are prepared swoop in for the French international. It is reported that Arsenal and Liverpool are both chasing the player, with the Reds leading the race as they have more of a chance to offer him the Champions League football next season.