If reports in RMC Sport are to be believed, Olympique Lyonnais striker Alex Lacazette’s transfer saga is nearing its completion, as the Frenchman has decided to join Atletico Madrid by ignoring interest from Premier League giants Arsenal.
Los Rojiblancos are on the lookout for new players ahead of next season, and with Antonio Griezmann’s future at the Vicente Calderon uncertain beyond this season, they have been constantly linked with Lyon’s Alex Lacazette.
After continuous speculation, it seems that Lacazette has finally agreed terms with Atletico Madrid, who are confident that a transfer ban, which currently prohibits them from registering any new players until January 2018, will be lifted.
The report further claims that advanced discussions are taking place for the deal to be finalised, and the player is likely to join the La Liga outfit for £33m this summer.
Lacazette, who has been in imperious form for the Ligue 1 side, has bagged 30 goals in 39 appearances this season. There is no denying that he could be an ideal candidate to replace Antoine Griezmann, who is set to leave the club in favour of a move to Manchester United.
Apart from Atletico, Arsenal are also interested in acquiring the services of Lacazette, but the striker has already made it clear that the team he is going to join this summer will have to be in the Champions League.
“The team that I join have to be in the Champions League and play good ball. Passing the ball not just hitting it from box to box. Not kick and rush. That would not work for me,” he said, as quoted by Sky Sports.
Looking at the Premier League table, it is unlikely that Arsenal will finish in the top four and qualify for Europe’s elite competition. Arsene Wenger’s men are currently sixth in the Premier League table with five games to play – six points behind fourth-placed Manchester City.
Written by Pragadeesh Shanmugam