Lyon president Jean-Michel Aulas has poured doubt on Arsenal’s potential move for Alexandre Lacazette, claiming the striker may not move this summer.
The Gunners are believed to close to a deal for the France international after advanced talks with the Ligue 1 club.
Aulas has previously said the club will sell Lacazette should they receive a suitable offer, but now appears to have backtracked completely.
“I do not think that Alexandre Lacazette will leave this summer,” he told Canal Plus.
Aulas was also asked if a move to Atletico Madrid, in January when the club’s transfer embargo will end, could happen and replied: “Yes, it’s possible.”
The Lyon chief was also asked about a possible move for Olivier Giroud, having previously expressed an interest in the striker.
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“I do not have anything to say about Olivier Giroud. We’re interested. Things haven’t advanced,” he added.
Aulas’s words are fairly confusing in truth, with recent speculation seeming to claim a deal for Lacazette was very close.
However, that does not seem to be the case, and indeed it seems a move to Atletico Madrid could indeed be back on the cards.
Lyon have already signed Bertrand Traore which seemed to suggest Lacazette was on his way, although at the former Chelsea man’s unveiling Aulas insisted he was not a replacement for his top scorer.
However, at the same time he also admitted that Lacazette did want to leave, which makes his latest comments even more confusing.
One thing’s for certain, we haven’t heard the last of this just yet.