Jurgen Klopp has made Lyon striker Alexandre Lacazette Liverpool’s top transfer target this summer, according to the Express.
Lacazette, who is also interesting Liverpool’s Premier League rivals Manchester United and Arsenal, is widely expected to leave the club this summer after making a name for himself in Ligue 1, scoring 100 league goals since his debut for the side back in 2010.
Klopp is eager to make a marquee signing this summer and has identified Lacazette as a potential signing as he looks to boost Liverpool’s attacking options this summer.
The Reds were brilliant at times going forward last season, with the trio of Sadio Mane, Philippe Coutinho and Roberto Firmino performing especially well during the first half of the campaign, but they stuttered towards a top four finish as Coutinho and Mane suffered with injuries.
Lyon are still hopeful of persuading the France international to stay at the Parc Olympique Lyonnais but his desire to play in the Champions League, a competition Liverpool have qualified for, means the 26-year-old is likely to depart.
The report claims Liverpool could meet with Lacazette’s advisors within a week as Manchester United up their pursuit of the striker after their chase of Atletico Madrid forward Antoine Griezmann ended in disappointed.
Atletico, who were also said to be interested in snapping up Lacazette, saw their transfer ban upheld on Thursday, meaning they cannot sign any players until January 2018 and they will not allow their best players to leave without replacements.
Liverpool remain confident of beating United to Lacazette’s signature as Red Devils manager Jose Mourinho targets other signings.