Newcastle tried to sign Alexandre Lacazette last summer, but we were unsuccessful in doing that, and it’s not good news for Newcastle that the French International has had his best season ever at Lyon, with 21 league goals in only 23 appearances for Lyon.
Alexandre Lacazette – great season for Lyon
That terrific goal-scoring form has Lyon at the top of the French League after 28 games played, and they are on 57 points – one point above PSG and four points above Marseilles.
Newcastle were the club in for him last summer, but his great form this season has attracted clubs bigger than Newcastle, and they include Manchester City, Tottenham, Liverpool and Arsenal.
Newcastle Chief Scout Graham Carr has been tracking the striker for two years now, but our chance seems to be gone, with Lyon likely to be in the Champions League next season.
So why would he want to join Newcastle with no European football and no long cup runs – unless by accident?
This is what the 23 year-old told OLTV last week:
“I know a lot of clubs are looking at me. As of now, I cannot say whether I will stay or not, because if a club comes and puts a lot of millions of euros on the table, the President will probably ask me to leave.”
“So I can’t really say what I will do,” “If the President asks me to leave the club for the good of OL, I will be forced to do it.”
The President is Jean-Michel Aulus and Newcastle have had a lot of dealings with him in the past, and of course Lacazette’s price will have gone up, and that’s another reason Newcastle will not be able to sign him this summer.
And in response to Lacazette’s comments and probably in an attempt to drive the price up his striker up, this what Aulas said about him possibly leaving this summer:
“It is impossible,” “Lacazette will be with us at the Stade des Lumieres, and in the Champions League.”
Remi Garde was the coach who brought Alexandre through the ranks at Lyon, when he was head coach there from 2011 through last May, and certainly Remi has the ability to bring through youngsters with his excellent coaching record – a key requirement of the Newcastle head coach position..
We do have a chance of getting Garde in as our new coach in the summer, but our chances of signing Lacazette have plummeted since last summer.
In his career at Lyon, Alexandre has 177 total appearances with 63 goals and 34 assists.
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