TRANSFER RUMORS – Should Chelsea Go For Alexandre Lacazette?
It is common knowledge that Jose Mourinho has been unhappy with Chelsea’s lack of transfer activity this summer.
Having signed winger Pedro and Begovic, the Chelsea board have failed to bring in a big name signing, although Baba Rahman and Kenedy look bright young prospects. But with Costa struggling to get as many goals as he did last season by this stage, and Radamel Falcao looking way out of sorts, Mourinho is looking desperately at striking options.
And according to Fichajes, Chelsea are reportedly eyeing up Lyon striker Alexandre Lacazette for a move in January.
The 24-year-old French striker, who was the top scorer in Ligue 1 last season with 27 goals from 33 appearances, has caught the eye of Mourinho and the scouts. With strength, pace and great finishing ability, Lacazette has also attracted the interests of Arsenal and Liverpool. It is understood that the club officials held talks with the representatives of the player in the summer, but no deal was finalized.
But now with the problems becoming quite apparent, Mourinho wants to improve the team at every position of the pitch. And signing Lacazette might just be a good start.
Although, much like Costa, Lacazette hasn’t started firing on all cylinders this season, having scored just one goal for Lyon in 7 appearances, his quality is not in doubt. Last season, according to Squawka, Lacazette created 54 chances in his 33 appearances, apart from the 27 goals he scored. Diego Costa had created only 41. Lacazette’s pass accuracy was at 79% to Costa’s 78%, and he also completed 66 take-ons successfully, whereas Costa completed only 28.
Although there is no denying the fact that playing in Ligue 1 and playing in the Premier League are two entirely different things, one has to admit that Lacazette looks a far better competition to Costa than Falcao or Remy.
Along with John Stones, Chelsea will also look to pursue Lacazette in the January transfer window, and if the transfer goes through, we might see another exciting player at the Bridge this season.
Source – Fichajes
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