French star ready for Liverpool or Arsenal, claims Villa ace

Lyon striker Alexandre Lacazette has the quality to play for clubs of Liverpool and Arsenal’s stature, according to ex-team-mate and now Aston Villa star Aly Cissokho.

The 23-year-old French star has been one of Ligue 1’s standout performers this term, topping the division’s scoring charts with a stunning 17 goals.

His electric displays have alerted a host of clubs across Europe, with Liverpool and Arsenal thought to be very keen on the pacey hit-man.

Although Lyon are adamant that he’s not for sale, financial issues in French football may render then unable to resist decent offers, with bids in the region of £15m having been mooted.

Although some players in the past have struggled to adapt following moves over the Channel, Cissokho – who played alongside him at the Stade Gerland – believes that Lacazette has the work ethic and ability to thrive with Arsenal or Liverpool:

“It’s great, I’m happy for him. He’s a player who, when I was there, came from the reserve team to train with us, but you could see he had a future.” He is quoted by Squawka.

“He was serious in his work, and showed his determination in each session. He steadily grew in confidence, and has established himself in the team. I think he’s starting to show his potential to the whole of Europe. He has quality, and is going to get better and better.

“What he is capable of doing now is very good for Lyon and France. He’s a young player, and clubs like Arsenal and Liverpool have a lot of competition for places up front, and as a foreigner it’s also different because you have to leave your home town and those close to you.

“It’s a challenge, it’s up to him to see if he’s ready to take it on. We’ll see what happens in the summer, but he easily has the quality to play in teams of that stature.”

 


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