The speed at which that ever-present transfer rumour mill is spinning makes it difficult to quite comprehend which players are in fact realistic and legitimate Liverpool targets.
Lyon striker Alexandre Lacazette has seemingly been flirting with a move away for some years now, as rumours would have fans believe anyway, and it seems speculation could finally materialise into something more this summer.
It looked certain at one stage that the Frenchman would be teaming up with Diego Simeone’s Atletico Madrid to become the latest in a long line of elite forwards to have played for the Spanish club. That move now looks in serious doubt, however, following the announcement that their appeal against their transfer ban had been rejected by the Court of Arbitration, as reported by Sky Sports.
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Atletico’s ban was put in place by FIFA last year after the club broke rules surrounding the signing of foreign players under the age of 18. This upholding of the embargo means the La Liga giants will not be able to register any new signings until January 2018.
The latest developments potentially open the door for Liverpool to launch another attempt to lure the 26-year-old to Anfield, with Jurgen Klopp keen to add a proven goalscorer to his ranks ahead of the new season.
Lacazette was prolific during the 2016/2017 campaign, scoring 37 goals in 45 games in all competitions and helping Lyon to a fourth-placed finish in Ligue 1 and to the Europa League semi-finals, where they were knocked out by Ajax.