Alexandre Lacazette the man to lead Manchester United’s line?


Alexandre Lacazette is a player who has been tipped for big things. Two years or so ago, nearly every Manchester United supporter wanted the Frenchman to lead the line at United, but ever since Antoine Griezmann broke the headlines, it was him instead that most supporters wanted. Lacazette is a talented player and everything had been set for him to sign for Atletico Madrid this summer, but their transfer ban was upheld by the Court of Arbitration for Sport, meaning they can sign players, but not register them until January. Lacazette will either need to stay with Lyon for the first half of the new season or see if another club would make him just as big a star as the La Liga side could. Lacazette made 44 appearances for Lyon during the past season, scoring 36 goals in all competitions, which was a great season for the Frenchman, bring much-needed goals, something United could do with in the coming season.

What is being reported and by who?

The Mirror have reported that Manchester United will bid £50 million for the French striker, who was a target for Atletico Madrid before their transfer ban was enforced, also for Arsenal, of which he has been a target for a number of years. The newspaper also states that both Romelu Lukaku and Alvaro Morata are also targets for United with the latter increasingly likely to move back to Serie A with Milan a club likely to buy him. Lacazette has previously stated he would only sign for a club in the UEFA Champions League, which could rule out Arsene Wenger’s side. The Metro have reported that United were sure they could beat both Liverpool and Arsenal to the Frenchman, whereas The Daily Star report more of the same in line with the Mirror. The Daily Mail suggested that Atletico’s transfer ban would steer Lacazette into Arsenal, the club without Champions League football next season, as have The Sun and The Independent. However, The Mirror report comments from Lyon president Jean-Michel Aulas who suggested Atletico’s transfer ban had ‘changed everything’ but the player could remain at the French club until the ban has been served.

What type of player is Alexandre Lacazette?

Lacazette is a striker and a great one at that, at least in the competitions he played in last season, scoring 36 goals in all competitions, six of those in his last three matches for the club, one being a UEFA Europa League semi-final second leg against Ajax, the team United beat in the final to win the only major trophy the club had never won, also earning a UEFA Champions League place next season. Lacazette plays the centre-forward role, leading the line just like Zlatan Ibrahimovic and Marcus Rashford. He can play in any formation, the 4-3-3 or 4-2-3-1 being ideal as he will be flanked either side by a wide player, who could either cut in or set him up with goals. Henrikh Mkhitaryan, Anthony Martial, Rashford and even Juan Mata could all be involved in the wide areas, Jesse Lingard also, plus whoever Jose Mourinho signs this summer as the wing was an issue for strengthening. Lacazette is an experienced player, and one who could strengthen his own abilities in a tougher league, the Premier League for instance. I am not convinced he is a target for United, not instead of Griezmann anyway, but things can change quickly in football.

Likelihood of the transfer?

At this moment in time, the player will still be reeling from the fact his so-called dream move to Atletico Madrid will not happen this summer. Many say that Lacazette was due to be the replacement of Griezmann, who will now not leave the Madrid club, at least until after their ban has been served. Arsenal and a number of other clubs have shown interest in Lacazette, who would be a good signing for any club. Right now though, all I see is the media seeking another target for Manchester United after it was revealed that United saw their priorities change after the season-ending injury to Zlatan Ibrahimovic, where a new striker was needed, instead of Griezmann, who they described as a number ten. The real reason Griezmann is staying is to show loyalty to his club, meaning that if he left, they would not have a replacement for him. Right now I see nothing to suggest there is any interest in Lacazette, if there was, the fact his dream move to Madrid has fallen through may not see him consider another club at this moment in time, but things change in football and they tend to change very quickly.

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