Lyon president Jean Michel Aulas insists in-demand striker Alexandre Lacazette will not be sold this summer, meaning Arsenal may have to look elsewhere.
The 25-year-old Frenchman was in impressive form for Lyon last season, netting 23 goals in 43 total appearances, and was a subject of interest for the Gunners last summer.
A number of Premier League clubs are reportedly monitoring Lacazette’s situation, and Arsene Wenger earlier this week refused to rule out the possibility of making a bid for his fellow countryman.
Wenger is clearly in the market for a new striker this summer having attempted to sign Jamie Vardy last month. Unfortunately, the Leicester City forward opted to stay put, leaving Wenger to seek out other alternatives, and it appears Lacazette is on his list.
Although Aulas has confirmed that he has been contacted over the availability of Lacazette, he remains adamant that the pacey forward is in no rush to leave Lyon and is confident he will stay put this summer:
‘We had some calls but Alexandre (Lacazette) will stay,’ he said. ‘I believe he wants to & the coach counts on him.’
So it appears Wenger may have to re-evaluate his ideas and target another centre-forward following Aulas’ latest assumption. Besides, even if Lyon were to put Lacazette up for sale this summer, the Ligue 1 club would likely ask for at least £40 million for his departure, something which Wenger is unlikely to go ahead with.