Lyon chairman Jean-Michel Aulas has claimed Liverpool target Alexandre Lacazette has what it takes to reach a similar level to Real Madrid striker Karim Benzema.
The French striker has scored 21 goals in Ligue 1 this season and has attracted the likes of Liverpool, Arsenal, Chelsea and Borussia Dortmund, who have all enquired as to his current asking price, reportedly set at around £20m.
Having watched former Lyon striker Benzema leave the club in 2009 and prosper in Spanish football with Real Madrid; Lacazette is firmly tipped to go on and replicate his success, something that Aulas believes will happen.
“If we speak about efficiency, I think that Lacazette possesses the same characteristics as Benzema,” Aulas told reporters. “The difference would be in their career. Alexandre could reach his highest level with Lyon.
“I would like to give Lacazette the chance to play for his dream club – the club he was trained with, Lyon.”
Lacazette’s current deal expires in the summer of 2018.