Alexandre Lacazette had confirmed his departure from Lyon few days back and had hinted a move to Spanish giants Atletico Madrid while he praised the club.
However, nothing was confirmed until today, when L’Equipe announced that the Lyon striker is set to join Atletico, after having reached a verbal agreement with the club.
As per the reports, the news that a verbal arrangement has been reached between Alexandre Lacazette and Atletico Madrid was confirmed by club president Jean Michel Aulas.
Aulas said: “Alex has a verbal agreement with a club, Atletico, but there is no certainty, since we have to wait for CAS to lift the ban on recruitment. We accepted Alex’s request to discuss exclusively with this club, but the other side of that is that this transfer is made on our terms.”
The French striker, who joined the 7-time Ligue 1 Champions as an 11-year-old, has been indicating throughout the season about this campaign being his final one with Olympique Lyonnais. Having made 275 appearances for the club, Lacazette has scored a tally of 129 goals and bagged 43 assists.
The Lyon striker, who is the second-top scorer in Ligue 1 this season with 28 goals, was also linked to Arsenal and Liverpool, with both Arsene Wenger and Jurgen Klopp looking for a centre-forward this summer. But as it appears, Atletico have won the race for Lacazette’s signature.
However, a lot still depends on whether FIFA lift the ban from the La Liga giants. FIFA’s ban on the Spanish side from signing players, after they were found guilty of breaking international transfer rules for under-16s, is a major roadblock that needs to be lifted before Lacazette can officially complete the move to Vicente Calderón.
Los Rojiblancos have already made an appeal to the Court of Arbitration for Sport, and a decision is expected this month.
Written by Sidharth Jindal