Lyon manager Bruno Genesio has said that Arsenal target Alexandre Lacazette “can leave” the club in an interview in France (via ESPN).
It’s the latest twist in the Lacazette transfer saga which is showing no signs of slowing down. The Frenchman has been linked with a move to Arsenal the whole summer and it’s one of the most on and off stories of the window so far.
The French forward scored 21 goals in Ligue 1 last season and the stories linking Lacazette with a move to the Emirates have been coming in thick and fast. The latest news comes from Lyon manager Bruno Genesio who said in a press conference: “He can leave if Lyon want him to.”
The news comes just a few days after Lyon President Jean-Michel Aulas told reporters that he expected the forward to stay at Lyon. Manager Bruno Genesio did reference these claims and said: “I have been assured by my president that we will keep the player. You never know what could happen right up until August 31…My desire as manager is that the best players stay and Lacazette is very important for the team.
“Every player who is sought after could leave, by definition, since, as my president has said, there are sometimes offers that cannot be refused.”
This sounds more like an invitation than a confirmation. Lyon have already turned down one bid from Arsenal for the striker but theses fresh quotes read like there is certainly a chance for Arsenal to bid more for the 25 year-old.
Sky Sports claim that the French club want upwards of £40 million for their star forward and it doesn’t look like they will budge for anything less.