Liverpool ready to snatch Lacazette from Arsenal this summer

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Liverpool have identified Lyon striker Alexandre Lacazette as a top transfer target and are ready to battle Arsenal, Juventus and Newcastle United for his signature this summer, according to the Daily Mail.

Lacazette has impressed scouts from across the continent at Lyon this season, scoring 21-goals in all competitions to leave Lyon sweating over their chances of keeping one of Europe's most promising forwards.

The 22-year-old is under contract at Lyon until 2016 but Liverpool believe Lyon's perilous financial position can help them bolster a feared strike force ahead of next season's return to the Champions League.

Arsenal are also long-term admirers of the French youth international, who is on record as stating he is very interested in taking up the challenge of playing elsewhere next season.

He told The Sun: “Are Arsenal and Liverpool interested? An experience in another major league fascinates me.”

Serie A giants Juve came up against Lacazette in the Europa League this season and are viewed as outside bets to move for the young talent when the campaign closes, primarily because they already have so many star centre-forwards on their books.

That leaves a trio of Premier League clubs vying for his signature, but Lyon proved to be fierce negotiators when Newcastle came calling for Bafetimbi Gomis last summer and are desperate to build a side around the pacy striker next season.

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