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Manchester City and Arsenal two of four clubs who want to sign France striker this summer – report

Manchester City and Arsenal could do battle off the pitch this summer having been named as two of the four clubs in for prolific Lyon forward, Alexandre Lacazette, by Téléfoot in France.

25-year-old Lacazette, often linked with big clubs in Europe, has been in devastating form for the Ligue 1 side this season, bagging 27 goals in 31 games in all competitions. He is currently the top French goal scorer in the world by quite a distance, ahead of Real Madrid superstar Karim Benzema.

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And Téléfoot say the French international is ‘being courted’ by four major European clubs as they consider their summer plans: Manchester City, Arsenal, Atlético Madrid and Borussia Dortmund.

Lyon president, Jean-Michel Aulas, confirmed in February that the club will not stand in Lacazette’s way should he want to leave, saying, “If Barcelona or Manchester United one day make an offer commensurate with what Alex is worth to our club, no-one will stand in its way. Alex has wanted to play in a great club and Lyon does not object. We are perfectly in line.”

Do City need Lacazette?

Though a very versatile player, always a trait valued by Pep Guardiola, Lacazette has been at his most effective as a centre-forward for Lyon, where he has been playing almost exclusively and banging in goals for fun.

With Sergio Agüero, Gabriel Jesus and Kelechi Iheanacho already on the books, it begs the question of whether City need another striker.

Guardiola could use Lacazette in a different role, like Gabriel Jesus is capable of, or rotate him with Agüero in a central role. It would quite likely mean the end of Kelechi Iheanacho were Lacazette, or any other high profile forward, to join the club, with the Nigerian already struggling for minutes.

Pep is sure to prioritise defenders this summer, but it has been reported by several major outlets that he’d still like to add one more attacking player, so this could be one to keep an eye on…

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