Aside from the paymasters at Paris St-Germain and Monaco perhaps, the Premier League’s elite clubs can offer riches unattainable to many Ligue 1 players, but there is no guarantee of success for the division’s top talent in England.
While there are shining examples plying their trade in the Premier League, not least PFA Player of the Year, Eden Hazard, plenty fall short of the mark having hopped the channel.
Therefore there is bound to be some dubiousness surrounding Chelsea’s latest reported transfer target in the air down the King’s Road .
Rumours off the press put Chelsea, who are as short as 9/25 to wrap up the title with a home win over Crystal Palace this Sunday, at the front of the queue for Lyon goal machine Alexandre Lacazette.
The France international’s 26 league strikes to date have put his club firmly in the hunt for the Ligue 1 title with only four games remaining.
Still only 23, Les Gones’ number 10 is wanted by Jose Mourinho as he looks to freshen up his forward roster, despite leading the club to the cusp of a fifth English crown using a trio of ‘number nines’.
Injuries have kept first-choice Diego Costa and one of his understudies Loic Remy sidelined at various times during the campaign, while Didier Drogba’s creaky limbs have greatly reduced the legend’s influence at the age of 37.
Having only started four league games from 16 top-flight appearances, Remy’s contribution of five league goals is respectable, but the Frenchman is supposedly being offered as a deal-sweetner to the club he first signed for.
Getting rid of Remy, who has proven his eye for goal in the Premier League at Newcastle and QPR before his stint at Stamford Bridge, may seem hasty, but history indicates Lacazette should prove a success story.
While a host of Ligue 1 strikers recruited over the past few seasons have failed to set the blue touch paper ablaze, the fact Lacazette has smashed through the golden 20-goal barrier could be key.
Forwards such as Marouane Chamakh, Gervinho, Yohan Gouffran, Remy Cabella, Emmanuel Riviere and Bafetimbi Gomis all notched league tallies in double figures short of the benchmark when in France and underwhelmed in this country – some more than others.
Contrast that with the two biggest success stories in recent times and Chelsea should be gaining a fine asset in Lacazette.
Both Hazard when at Lille and Olivier Giroud before signing for Arsenal from Montpellier had reached the 20-goal mark, excelling in the land of Sunday roasts ever since.