Reports over the weekend in France suggested that Lyon are willing to sell their 23 year-old striker Alexandre Lacazette, who the local papers in Newcastle are suggesting is one of Newcastle’s top striker targets this summer, along with Hertha Berlin’s Pierre-Michel Lasogga.
Alexandre Lacazette – Newcastle’s top striker target
But as usual Lyon President Jean-Michel Aulas is only willing to let his striker leave the club if he gets top dollar for the promising young player.
Newcastle are supposed to have started the negotiations for Lacazette with Lyon, and that’s consistent with local reports late last week that Newcastle will make an increased effort to sign players this week – before pre-season training starts at the end of the week.
And we all know what the problem with Newcastle is.
If Aulus wants £10M for his striker, which is around the amount he would sell for, Newcastle will go in with an initial bid of £4M or £5M – or if they are really ambitious and throw caution to the winds (as they say) – we may even bid £6M.
And Aulas will be (very) disappointed with that initial bid and will probably come out and say something to the French press, much like Montpellier Chairman Louis Nicollin has done over the last 18 months – ever since we went in for defender Mapou Yanga-Mbiwa.
If Newcastle want to get their targets through the door on Tyneside, and quickly, so the players can play in pre-season, we need to loosen the purse strings and put in a decent first bid for the target.
But whether we will ever do that with Mike Ashley owning the club becomes a very good question.
What do you think?
Written from Ipswich, England.