Lyon Club President Jean-Michel Aulas has stated that he does not expect Arsenal to come back in with another bid for striker Alexandre Lacazette (via ESPN).
Aulas made the announcement just a couple of days after it was reported that Arsenal would indeed be returning with an offer of more than €40 million for the forward. Arsenal have already had one bid rejected by the French club and it was widely believed that they would be going back in for Lacazette.
Lyon reaffirmed this belief when manager Bruno Genesio said in a press conference on Friday that he was expecting to keep the player. Genesio claimed he had assurances from President Jean-Michel Aulas that Lacazette will be a Lyon player when the window closes (via the official Lyon website).
Aulas stated in an interview that he did think one player could be leaving the club. “Arsenal have not come back [with another offer] and they will not come back. No one will leave OL, except for Rachid Ghezzal if he has an offer, which I doubt.” As a side note, the Algerian winger has been linked with a number of Premier League clubs over the summer including Liverpool and West Ham United.
It’s unclear how much truth is in today’s claims from the OL President and manager. They naturally don’t want to sell their star player but it could just be a tactic to get Arsenal to pay more.
It’s no secret that the Gunners need a striker and this could be a smart move from the French club to exploit that. Not expecting another bid is very different to not accepting another bid.