According to L’Equipe (via The Sun), Jose Mourinho has entered the market for Lyon striker Alexandre Lacazette, who is being seen as a precautionary target in case Manchester United’s bid for Alvaro Morata ends in failure.
The Real Madrid striker had agreed personal terms with the Manchester-based club, but Real Madrid’s steep valuation and Chelsea’s renewed interest in the player have complicated the transfer.
Lacazette, who had a prolific season with Lyon, wherein he bagged 37 goals, has been identified as the perfect back-up option by Manchester United.
The French striker is much coveted across Europe, with clubs like Arsenal, Atletico Madrid, and Borussia Dortmund all registering their interest. In fact, the 26-year-old was close to moving to the Spanish capital, before his move was scuppered due to a transfer ban on Los Rojiblancos.
Manchester United’s rivals Arsenal are considered as the team in the most advanced negotiations with Lacazette, yet the Red Devils can lure the attacker by offering him Champions League football – something, uncharacteristically, the Gunners cannot.
Mourinho was eager to sign Morata, but his £70 million asking price set by Real Madrid is seen as a hurdle in the move. Lacazette, on the other hand, is priced at a much lesser £50 million, a valuation Manchester United feel is fair and matchable.
Alvaro Morata’s proposed move to the Theatre of Dreams suffered a huge blow when Chelsea boss Antonio Conte registered his interest in his former apprentice. Numerous reports have suggested that Morata is now favoring a move to the Premier League winners instead.
Written by Shorya Panwar
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