Liverpool are attempting to hijack Atletico Madrid’s transfer with Olympique Lyonnais for their star striker Alexandre Lacazette, according to reports.
The 25-year-old announced his intention to leave Lyon this summer, with hopes of a move to a bigger club.
Atletico are believed to have reached a verbal agreement for the forward, but are currently awaiting word from the Court of Arbitration for Sport over the appeal of a transfer embargo that would halt any possibility of the Madrid based club signing him.
But now, the Mirror (via Le 10 Sport) reports that Jurgen Klopp is keen on Lacazette, and the German manager wants to hijack the deal between Atletico and Lyon.
The Reds can boast Champions League football next season and are willing to pay around £45m for the striker.
Lyon’s Lacazette finished the season as Ligue 1’s second highest scorer with 28 goals – falling behind PSG’s Edinson Cavani, who managed to find the back of the net on a very impressive 35 occasions.
Signing Lacazette would be ideal for Liverpool, who have failed to find a consistent striker since Luis Suarez’s departure in 2014.
It also looks increasingly likely that Daniel Sturridge will be leaving Anfield this summer after the striker fell out of favour with Klopp.
Sturridge’s promising career has been marred by injury, and the now 27-year-old has understandably failed to live up to the huge potential he showed; and reports have now linked him to a move to West Ham.