Arsenal will have to target another forward after Alexandre Lacazette confirms he wants to remain at Lyon.
The 24-year-old has been heavily linked with a move away from the Stade de Gerland, with Arsenal though to be keen on the French forward.
Lyon manager Hubert Fournier recently stated that a bid of at least £35 million would be more than enough to tempt him to sell his prized asset.
But Lacazette, who netted 31 goals in 38 total appearances last season, insists he is happy to remain at the Ligue 1 club, claiming no amount of money will make him leave Lyon this summer.
Quoted on Goal.com, Lacazette said:
‘I want to show those who think that I have my head elsewhere that I’m still here. I have already said that I want to continue with Lyon.
‘I have shown that I’m fully committed. It’s football that interests me, not money. I hope to have a strong season.’
Lacazette’s latest comments will come as a blow to Arsenal, with this Gunners believed to be in the market this summer for a top striker to challenge Olivier Giroud for his place in the starting line-up this season.
So with Lacazette out of the picture, Arsene Wenger will have to look elsewhere – if of course he wants to bring in a new forward.
Karim Benzema, Gonzalo Higuain, Edinson Cavani and Eduardo Vargas remain options for the Gunners this summer.