Lyon striker and rumoured Liverpool target Alexandre Lacazette has spoken fondly of the Premier League and lifted the lid on his intentions to leave for English shores this summer. Plus, the Reds are set to open talks with Polish starlet Piotr Zielinski.
Speaking to French outlet Le 10 Sport this week, Ligue 1 ace Lacazette professed his admiration for the Premier League, giving Liverpool hope of bringing the 24-year-old to Anfield this summer (h/t London 24's Brad Pinard):
A departure? Yes, I think about the Premier League is very attractive for a player. But I know that to go, I have to play well this season. So I’m very focused and perhaps after that, I will leave. I know it is possible to go in the Premier League and Lyon is also aware.
Lacazette has scored 15 goals for Lyon this season and recently recovered from a sluggish start to net five in his last six league appearances for the French outfit.
Reds manager Jurgen Klopp may well be surveying his attacking options in the transfer market, too, after seeing Christian Benteke—signed by predecessor Brendan Rodgers—struggle for form this season.
The Belgium frontman moved to Anfield from Aston Villa for a fee of £32.5 million last summer, but the fit-again Daniel Sturridge, makeshift striker Roberto Firmino and youngster Divock Origi have all superseded him.
Lacazette has scored his 13 Ligue 1 goals this season, a leap from the 27 goals he managed in league competition last season. As such, Bleacher Report's Jack Lusby questioned whether the forward is as desirable an asset this time around:
One thing for certain is that Lacazette appears open to a Premier League move, which will assuredly help smooth over any negotiations, but his prospective arrival could depend on whether Benteke remains on Merseyside.
Elsewhere, the Reds will reportedly hold talks with Udinese next week regarding the potential signing of Zielinski, who is coming to the end of a two-season loan spell at Empoli, per Simon Jones of the MailOnline.
It's noted in the report that Klopp has already moved early in strengthening his squad after securing deals to sign Serbian youngster Marko Grujic and Schalke defender Joel Matip.
The club looks to once again be taking the initiative in their proactive pursuit of 11-times capped Poland international Zielinski, but blogger Paul Grech highlighted Udinese's ownership links with Watford as a potential obstacle:
Paul Grech @paul_grech
Think both will be difficult to get. Piotr Zielinski is owned by Udinese and if he's any good they will probably send him to Watford.2016-2-13 08:43:49
Klopp brought Poles Robert Lewandowski, Jakub Blaszczykowski and Lukasz Piszczek to former club Borussia Dortmund, each to rampant success, and it seems the mastermind isn't done poaching the nation's talent just yet.
Zielinski, 21, has scored three goals and made four assists in 27 league outings for Empoli this season, and he'd be capable of providing Liverpool with an extra option in the midfield or out wide, were he to arrive at Anfield.