2. ALEXANDRE LACAZETTE (LYON)
In the seven seasons since his professional debut for the Ligue 1 side, Lacazette has rattled in 119 goals in 261 appearances for Lyon
“I think that the right moment has arrived to leave.”
France international Lacazette has been linked with a move away from Lyon, his boyhood club, for several years now – but it seems like his 14-year association with l’OL may be about to reach a conclusion.
“I think that this summer I will need a change of scenery and discover something else, still with the idea of advancing and progressing in terms of football and as a person,” the 25-year-old told Canal+ earlier this season.
In the seven seasons since his professional debut for the Ligue 1 side, Lacazette has rattled in 119 goals in 261 appearances for Lyon, as well as accumulating 10 caps for France.
After surpassing the 20-goal mark for a third successive campaign in 2015/16, last summer brought interest and reported bids from West Ham and Arsenal, but neither club were able to match the French side’s reported £50 million valuation of their star man. So Lacazette stayed, and he’s again broken beyond 20 goals this term, netting 27 in all competitions so far.
With today’s inflated prices in mind, £50m could actually be a relative bargain for an experienced, top-drawer striker with his best years ahead of him. Lacazette is another phenomenally efficient scorer, with an average of just 3.38 shots per goal in Ligue 1 this season, and would add a new dimension to United’s attack thanks to his searing pace and expertly timed runs.
The Frenchman has the ability to stretch play and offers a more direct route to goal than the much slower Ibrahimovic. Premier League interest in Lacazette is again likely to be high when the transfer window re-opens, and United would be wise to throw their hat into the ring. Lacazette himself needs the step up.
Culled from fourfourtwo.com