Liverpool have had their chances of signing Olympique Lyonnais striker Alexandre Lacazette boosted as Paris Saint-Germain have ruled themselves out of the running, according the Daily Express.
The Parisians’ manager Laurent Blanc has claimed that he only wants to sign players with Champions League experience, and the forward has never played in the competition before. This could pave the way for the Merseyside club, who desperately need a striker, with Daniel Sturridge’s continued absence raising doubts about his long-term fitness.
The 49-year-old claims that the competition is the team’s main aim for the next campaign. They have won Ligue 1 in the last two seasons, and look set to do so again this time round and, as a result, the European tournament is their next challenge. This year they advanced to the quarter finals, after going out in the last 16 in the previous two campaigns.
With Financial Fair Play rules meaning that the French team are restrained in their transfer dealings, they may not be able to bring in that many players at all with Champions League experience at the right price and quality.
Blanc said: “Players who join PSG in the coming months are those who have experience in the Champions League, since (winning that title) is the wish of everyone. We need to go get some experienced players recruited.
“Players will leave, others will stay but Paris does not need to sign six or seven players. We must recruit the quality and take players who have experience of the Champions League.”