Atletico Madrid have reached a verbal agreement to sign Lyon’s Alexandre Lacazette, according to reports.
Lacazette has already scored 29 goals in 35 games for the Ligue 1 outfit this season, and has attracted interest from Premier League powerhouses Arsenal and Liverpool in the process. But as per sources in Spain, La Liga giants Atletico Madrid seem to have already won the race for the striker’s signature.
According to Spanish radio station COPE, Atletico Madrid CEO Miguel Angel Gil met with the player and his agent in Madrid last month, and now, the two parties have reached a verbal agreement over a potential summer transfer.
Lacazette has reportedly been largely impressed with the club’s philosophy as well as their plan to move into a new 67,000-capacity stadium.
Furthermore, the Frenchman was also convinced by his fellow international teammate Antoine Griezmann to make this switch, and the Lyon forward is now keen to get this transfer done as soon as possible.
Griezmann, whose future at Atletico Madrid has been under immense speculation as well, also urged the club officials to make a move for Lacazette by giving some ‘phenomenal references’ about the 25-year-old striker.
While Griezmann’s involvement in this transfer deal indicates his desire to stay with the Rojiblancos and help the team improve, contrary reports suggest the Euro 2016 topscorer recommended the club to sign Lacazette as his replacement when he leaves the Spanish capital this summer.
However, Lacazette’s move will only take place if Atletico successfully overturn their transfer ban, which currently restricts them from signing new players for the next two transfer windows. The Madrid-based outfit have already appealed FIFA’s sanction, and the Court of Arbitration for Sport will reply with their final verdict on April 24.