The French daily L’Equipe is reporting today that Newcastle United have made an approach to Lyon for their Alexandre Lacazette, the 23 year-old striker, who has been a target of Newcastle’s all summer.
Alexandre Lacazette – Newcastle approach Lyon
But the bad news is that the player himself has said that he wants to move to a Champions League club, and the news in L’Equipe is that he “did not respond favorably” to the Newcastle move.
Lyon are still in discussions with the player and his representatives on a three-year deal to stay at the French club – but this could simply be a ploy by President Jean-Michel Aulas to raise the price of one of his best players.
Aulas is not the easiest person to negotiate with – as Newcastle found out last summer when we were after Bafe Gomis – and while L’Equipe are reporting Lyon want £16M for their striker – that could be more like €16M – which is around £12.8M.
It could be that Alexandre does want to play for a Champions League club, although if he stays at Lyon there’s no chance he will do that next season, with the French club having finishing 5th in the league last season, and only qualified for the Europa League 3rd qualifying round.
Last season Alexandre scored 23 goals in 46 total appearances for Lyon with 7 assists, and he has played 11 times with 5 goals for the French U21 side, and has two full caps, but he was edged out of the French squad for the World Cup by Loic Remy..
Lacazette could be a good buy at around £10M for the Magpies, but the big question is whether he wants to join Newcastle United.
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