Liverpool will fight Tottenham and Arsenal for Alexandre Lacazette
The chase for Champions League qualification continues for Liverpool, Tottenham and Arsenal on the pitch. Expect the three Premier League giants to compete this summer as well. All three clubs are being strongly linked with Lyon striker Alexandre Lacazette.
The Mirror are reporting that Jurgen Klopp sees the French centre forward as the perfect striker to lead his attack. Unfortunately, the German manager is concerned that the allure of London might put his club at a disadvantage. There’s also the small matter of Liverpool needing to secure Champions League qualification to win the transfer battle.
Even if the Reds do secure a place in Europe’s most prestigious competition, they should expect stiff competition from the North London clubs. Both Tottenham and Arsenal will likely enter the summer looking for world-class striking options.
Arsenal will probably be chasing a replacement for Alexis Sanchez. The Chilean star is currently locked in a tense battle with Gunner manager Arsene Wenger. It’s hard to see either man staying at the club this summer. That will leave Arsenal with a lot of money to spend on the giant size attacking hole in their roster.
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Tottenham, in sharp contrast, don’t need to purchase a starting striker. Spurs have one of the best strikers in the world in the form of Harry Kane. Unfortunately for Mauricio Pochettino, the options after his English star are pretty poor. Vincent Janssen was purchased this summer to serve as Kane’s understudy, but hasn’t shown enough to prove he can shoulder that load.
My guess is that the race for Lacazette will come down to Liverpool and Arsenal. I just can’t see Tottenham wanting to spend that sort of money on a 25-year-old backup striker. They will look for a younger and/or cheaper option to provide cover for Kane.
That means it’s entirely possible that the race for Lacazette could come down to which club is able to secure Champions League football. If either Liverpool or Arsenal fail to qualify, they could eliminate themselves from consideration.
Alexandre Lacazette is looking for a Premier League move this summer and you should expect him to get one. The only question is which club he’ll line up for next season in England’s top flight.