Premier League side Newcastle have made an oral offer worth over €25m for Lyon attacker Alexandre Lacazette, according to this morning’s L’Équipe.
Newcastle, who have also been in talks for Loïc Rémy, are prioritising the signing of a striker in the January transfer window.
The Premier League side sent two representatives to France last week to present an offer to Lyon for the French international and striker.
Lyon’s response was perhaps surprisingly not entirely negative, reluctant, but not slamming the door shut and the figure appears to be one that OL President Jean Michel Aulas is willing to begin some form of negotiations around.
The offer was serious enough for Alexandre Lacazette to be notified of its existence. His response, unfortunately for Newcastle, was immediately negative.
Lacazette has no intention of risking his chances of a place at EURO 2016 by moving clubs in the middle of the season and is particularly perturbed by Newcastle’s record with French players including Hatem Ben Arfa and Florian Thauvin. Ideally, Lacazette would like to join a club after the major tournament this summer that plays in the Champions’ League.
Does that mean that a move for Lacazette to Newcastle this month is impossible? The answer is no. Newcastle will look at other targets in the coming days but have the financial capacity to make a bigger offer for Lacazette, a fee that is over the €30m mark.
If they lodge such an offer, will Lyon be inclined to sell? More undoubtedly to follow.