Alexandre Lacazette seems to be Newcastle’s top striker target this summer, and we didn’t believe the news that was circulated last week that Newcastle had agreed a fee of £16M with Lyon for the striker, and there’s some worrying news from yesterday – that the 23 year-old has said he wants to stay at Lyon for next season.
Alexandre Lacazette – wants to st stay at Lyon next season
Alexandre has said if he leaves Lyon he wants to join a club that plays in the Champions League, and Lyon have been trying to get him to sign a new three year deal, but he still hasn’t signed the new deal, and his current contract still has two years left to run.
But after the 2-0 win yesterday against Rennes this is what Alexandre told French TV station Canal:
“I’ve made the decision to stay for one year or more.”
Newcastle have done very well this summer so far, in bringing in strikers Manu Riviere, Facundo Ferreyra and Ayoze Perez, as well as Siem de Jong and Remy Cabaye, who can both score goals.
But if the news is to be believed, Newcastle’s recruitment team (Ashley, Charnley, Pardew and Carr) still want one more striker brought in, with tour targets seemingly being Lacazette, Loic Remy and Arsenal striker Joel Campbell.
It’s not the first time that Lacazette has said he may stay at Lyon for next season, and if that happens he should be available next summer at a reduced transfer fee, since he will have only one year left on his contract – which is one reason Lyon want him to sign a new three-year deal.
It’s called protecting your investment, but Alexandre may like the idea of being available at a lower fee next summer, because that could attract a Champions League club next summer.
It’s not particularly good news for Newcastle, about a player who had a great season last season, and scored 23 goals in 46 total appearances for his club and he only just missed out on the 23 man French World Cup squad.
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