Reports coming out from France suggest Arsenal target Alexandre Lacazette has told his club Olympique Lyonnais to not reject offers for him this summer
Lacazette has been strongly linked with a move away from the French Ligue 1 this summer, with Arsenal massively touted as a possible destination. However, reports claim the Gunners have had a £29m bid knocked back by Lyon.
The Frenchman bagged a hat trick in Lyon’s 3-0 drubbing of Nancy in their opening Ligue 1 fixture this past weekend, with his suitors Arsenal losing to Liverpool 3-4 in their own Premier League opening fixture.
Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger was forced to start Chilean attacker Alexis Sanchex upfront with Olivier Giroud and Danny Welbeck battling injuries. The former Barcelona man was effectively dealt with by the Reds’ defender Klavar, as he failed to test Simon Mignolet.
There are indications that Lyon would be willing to accept an offer of £40m for Lacazette, as their manager Bruno Genesio has also stated that the player can leave if he wants.
Lacazette has now fuelled speculations of an exit from Lyon by saying he does not want the French giants to reject any offers for him this summer. “If offer comes in that one cannot refuse, I don’t want to refuse them. If not, I am happy at Lyon”, the 25-year old was quoted by Canal+ [per Goal].
With the transfer window only weeks away from slamming shut, it is left to be seen whether Arsene Wenger will loosen the purse strings to prise Lacazette away from the Parc Olympique Lyonnais.
Since joining Lyon in 2010, the bulky forward has bagged 75 goals in 174 appearances for the Les Gones. He was also top scorer in the French Ligue 1 in the 2014/15 season.