Lyon president Jean-Michel Aulas has given a huge update on the future of Alexandre Lacazette, amid speculation Arsenal are close to completing a deal.
The latest speculation claims the Gunners have been in advanced negotiations with the Ligue 1 side and hope to conclude a deal for the Frenchman shortly.
Aulas has now addressed those reports in an interview with French newspaper L’Equipe and provided an update on the striker’s current situation.
“I do not have the intention of rapidly letting Alexandre go, because there is still a desire from Atletico Madrid to bring him in on the 1st of January,” he said.
“Now, I will also be listening to what Alexandre has to say. I saw Arsène (Wenger), during the match between France and England. I was with Gérard Houllier (Lyon advisor) and I was led to be believed that he said to Gérard that there could be interest from Arsenal.
“But it is premature to say that a deal will be done. The first thing that needs to happen is that we have to do a very big deal before. We cannot let a player of his quality leave without having a replacement for him.”
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Aulas says Lacazette will also cost at least €50m-€60m, as that is was had been previously agreed with Atletico Madrid, before the club failed to overturn their transfer embargo.
“It will have to be at the very least that. Everyone knows that the offer from Atletico is €53m plus €12m in bonuses. That is €65m. As the Arsenal representatives have been told, a deal would occur around there,”he added.
“The price for a player who scores every year between 25 and 30 goals is at the very least that. But honestly, I have not yet considered Arsenal for the moment, because I thought that Alexandre would stay after his failed departure to Atletico Madrid.”
It’s certainly starting to sound like Lacazette could finally be on his way to Arsenal – is he the right player for the Gunners? Let us know your thoughts in the comments below!