Alexander Lacazette has been on Arsenal’s transfer wish list for a while now according to reports, and Lyon President has acknowledged that the North London outfit have made a very nice bid for the services of the French international, that could convince him to opt for the club with no Champions League participation next season or wait till Atletico Madrid’s transfer ban is lifted in six months, as he was lined up as a possible replacement for Antoine Griezmann on his eventual departure from the club.
Arsene Wenger attempted to sign Lacazette in last summer’s transfer window with a £30 million bid that was rejected. Reports indicate that the French club has slapped a £50 million price tag on their man this summer. Arsenal is being reported to have made an offer close to the player’s valuation although the club now expects Lacazette to stay. With Griezmann likely to remain at the Vicente Calderon, the domino chain of transfer that was expected to happen this summer may not come to fruition next year. The initial plan according to reports was that Lacazette would make his move away from French football this summer.
Arsene Wenger on his part had reiterated that Arsenal’s lack of participation in the UEFA Champions League next season will not be a downside to the club in their quest to sign quality players this summer, as the club has tried to sign the likes of Kylian Mbappe and Thomas Lemar. However, there are indications that Lacazette is interested in participating in the UEFA Champions League.
The possibility of Arsenal getting the signatures of Lacazette or Mbappe may be heightened by the inclusion of French International Olivier Giroud in the deals, as he has insisted that would not be content as a fringe player for Arsenal in the forthcoming season. Lacazette who has hit the back of the net 91 times in his last three seasons is regarded as a player with similarities to Alexis Sanchez with his prowess and versatility across the attacking positions. There are also indications that the Chilean attacker may be sold if a quality like for like replacement is found.
Lyon President Jean-Michel Aulas disclosed that he had expected the departure of Lacazatte from the club this summer, but the situation at Atletico Madrid had altered his thoughts:
“Alexandre Lacazette was told he could leave,” Aulas said.
“We had negotiations with Atletico. Things did not work out. We now have a very nice offer from Arsenal. But for us he will not leave.”