Lyon president Jean-Michel Aulas has warned clubs that only an offer which exceeds €50million will be entertained by the club if they’re to sell prized asset Alexandre Lacazette, The Guardian reports.
Lacazette has scored 27 league goals this season and has caught the eye of many top clubs around Europe, and the report suggests that we’re one of them.
Our needs for a potent centre forward are obvious and with Lacazette ticking all the boxes in terms of a typical Arsene Wenger signing, a move seems feasible.
However, Aulas has warned interested parties that his star man won’t come cheap.
“Nothing is ever sure in football but we will do everything to keep Alexandre with us,” he was quoted as saying.
“€50m would not be enough, that is not the price. I have never spoken with [the PSG president] Nasser Al-Khelaïfi about Alexandre Lacazette and I do not get the feeling, when I listen to Laurent Blanc, that he wants to sign him.”
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The boss has refrained from signing players from his native land over the past few years after suggesting that countries such as Germany produce better players than France.
“Germany first of all is 80million people, they have created many academies of quality and they are now maybe producing more players than France,” Wenger stated (via Daily Express)
The intrigue surrounding Lacazette’s situation is whether or not Europe’s top teams decide against spending a large fee on a player who’s only delivered one outstanding season.
Ligue 1 has produced many similar cases and on a number of occasions, those players have ended up with us. Gervinho and Marouane Chamakh earned moves to us following championship winning displays in France, while Olivier Giroud has failed to convince despite leading Montpellier to the title in 2012.
Wenger should invest in Lacazette if, like Robin van Persie and Emmanuel Adebayor, he feels the Lyon forward has the basic quality needed in order to develop him into the world’s most dangerous marksmen.
If there is one quality the boss excels in, it’s transforming strikers to unprecedented levels.