Alexandre Lacazette has warned Arsenal that he will only leave Lyon to join a club playing in the Champions League next season.
The 25-year-old Lyon striker is set to leave the Ligue 1 club this summer and his performances this season have not gone unnoticed. A number of top European clubs, including Atletico Madrid and Borussia Dortmund, are believed to be tracking the Frenchman.
Arsenal appear to be in pole position in terms of English sides chasing Lacazette, and have been tracking him for some time now. It was reported last summer that the Gunners had a bid rejected for the prolific striker last summer and they are once again set to try their luck at the end of the season.
However, speaking ahead of Lyon’s Europa League semi-final clash with Ajax, Lacazette said he will only join a team that play good football and participate in the Champions League next season:
“[The team I join] will have to be in the Champions League and play good football.
“Passing the ball, not just hitting it from box to box. Not kick and rush. That would not work for me.
“This summer I might go for a breath of fresh air and try something different, always with the idea of progressing in football and as a person.
“I’m going to keep working, with the hope that good opportunities come for me this summer.”
So, if Arsenal are to attempt to land Lacazette this summer, then they better finish in the top four come the end of the season to even stand a chance of acquiring his services. However, their chances of doing so took a huge blow last Sunday against Spurs and currently sit in sixth place, six points behind fourth placed Manchester City with a game to spare.