Alexandre Lacazette seems almost certain to be one of Newcastle’s transfer targets this summer, and the 5’9? Lyon striker has been on form for his French club this season.
Alexandre Lacazette – 22 year-old top Lyon striker
Lacazette has 48 appearances for Lyon this season with 20 goals and 8 assists, and has played for all of the French Youth sides, and has two caps for the full French team.
The 22 year-old is expected to be let go in the summer with Lyon unlikely to be able to qualify for the Champions League.
Lyon are currently in 5th place with 54 points form their 33 games and they are 10 points behind Lille in 3rd place, which is the cut-off for the European Champions league.
If Lyon don’t make the Champions League the French club will need to sell some players to improve their financial position, and Lacazette is one of the players who will move on this summer.
Arsenal, Everton, Liverpool and Newcastle are all clubs that have been reported to have shown an interest in the 22-year-old, who has a further two years to run on his contract at Stade Gerland, and he was also linked with Juventus earlier this month.
Alexandre turns 23 next month, and he has two years left on his contract, and it’s estimated he could cost around £10M, but for such a young player with what looks like an excellent future ahead of him that would be a good investment for the Tyneside club.
But if clubs like Liverpool and Juventus are really interested in the young striker, it could be hard for Newcastle to get him to Tyneside in the summer – that’s what happens when you aim for middle of the table – even when you achieve that lowly target.
Newcastle need probably three strikers brought in this summer with Loic Remy, Shola Ameobi and Luuk de Jong certain to leave the club in the summer.
Lacazette’s team-mate is Bafe Gomis, but the former top Newcastle target turns 29 in August, and is now probably too old for Newcastle, who usually like to go after players 26 or younger and whose best years are ahead of them.
However, Gomis would be a bargain deal in the summer as a free agent, and he’s had another good season at Lyon, with 20 goals and 4 assists in 43 appearances for the French club he;’s been at for five years, since joining form St Etienne in 2009.
Lacazette may be too good for Newcastle to sign this summer, if some of the top clubs go after him, but hopefully new Managing Director Lee Charnley is already trying to negotiate a deal for the young Lyon striker.
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