Lyon manager Bruno Genesio has added more fuel to the rumours linking reported Arsenal and Manchester United target Alexandre Lacazette with Barcelona, admitting it might be hard to keep hold of the star striker at the end of the season.
The player recently admitted he dreams of playing for the Catalan giants in an interview with Canal+ (h/t Goal), which set off the transfer rumour mill.
As reported by Calciomercato.com, club president Jean-Michel Aulas previously told Canal+ the France international could be sold if Barcelona “make an adequate offer,” and now Genesio has also weighed in.
Speaking to Telefoot (h/t Le 10 Sport, via Calciomercato), he said: “I don’t know, he’s happy at OL, isn’t he? We’ll see at the end of the season, it could be hard to keep him but we’ll see.”
Lacazette has been one of the most consistent strikers in Europe the last few seasons, giving Lyon steady production with more than 20 goals in Ligue 1 every season.
Here's a look at some of his highlights:
The Frenchman is frequently compared to compatriot Thierry Henry for his ability to play in space and fantastic instincts around the box. While he's not overly powerful, Lacazette can score in a variety of ways, including off crosses and set pieces.
He's been talked about as a target for Premier League clubs for years, and most pundits expect him to leave France this summer.
A move to Barcelona seems unlikely, however. The Blaugrana already have three superb attacking options in Neymar, Lionel Messi and Luis Suarez, so there's no need to spend big on yet another player who would likely take a spot on the bench.
The likes of Arsenal and United could look to improve their attack in the summer.
Elsewhere, Neil Moxley of the Daily Mirror reported Southampton's Cedric Soares remains a target for the La Liga giants. Mundo Deportivo (via Calciomercato.com) previously linked the Portugal international with a move to Catalonia.
Soares has been a revelation for the Saints, who have developed something of a reputation as a talent farm for bigger clubs the last few seasons.
Barcelona have a need for a full-back, as Aleix Vidal's ankle injury highlighted the lack of depth at the position. The former Sevilla man could be ready to start next season, but even then, more options are needed.
It's no secret Southampton are always willing to deal for the right fee―if Barcelona really want to add Soares in the summer, it should be possible to come to an agreement.