Liverpool need Champions League to sign £33.5m-rated striker – report

According to RMC, Liverpool are confident of beating Arsenal to the signature of Lyon striker Alexandre Lacazette this summer, providing that the Merseyside club secure a top-four finish in the Premier League.

What’s the story?

Lacazette is widely expected to leave Lyon at the end of the season, with the France international seeking pastures new after spending the last 14 years with the French outfit. And Lyon President Jean Michel Aulas has claimed that the Frenchman is ‘better than Bale’.

Arsenal were believed to be the favourites for the 25-year-old, who has scored 31 times in 40 appearances for Lyon this season, including 24 goals in the top flight of French football.

According to RMC, however, Liverpool are becoming increasingly confident of beating Arsenal to the punch, although the club’s move for the France international depends on whether they can secure Champions League football for the 2017-18 campaign.

Lacazette, who is valued at £33.5m by, has scored five times in Europe this season to help Lyon reach the semi-finals of the Europa League, although it is understood that the striker is desperate to compete in Europe’s major competition next term.

Will Liverpool make the top four?

Jurgen Klopp’s side are currently third in the Premier League table on 66 points. They are some nine points behind the league leaders Chelsea, but have a three-point gap to fifth-place Manchester United.

That said, Liverpool have played one more matche than Man United, and a strong win for the Red Devils could, in theory, see Jose Mourinho’s side replace their long-standing rivals in the Champions League spots.

Fourth-place Manchester City are also just two points behind Liverpool, whilst they have two games in hand over the Anfield club.

Southampton (H), West Ham United (A) and Middlesbrough (H) are how Liverpool will finish this season, although they have struggled against the so-called lesser teams in the league this season.

Klopp’s side are currently well-placed to finish in the top four this season, although a poor result this weekend would leave them vulnerable to both Manchester clubs, while Arsenal, despite their struggles, are only nine points off Liverpool with two games in hand.