Lyon president Jean-Michel Aulas insists it is too early to say that striker Alexandre Lacazette is Arsenal bound and has told the Gunners to meet the club’s valuation of up to £53m.
France hitman Lacazette has emerged as a target for Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger after a proposed summer move to Atletico Madrid was ended by the Court of Arbitration for Sport upholding the La Liga side’s transfer ban.
Lacazette netted 36 goals for Lyon across all competitions last season and Aulas has warned the north Londoners not to expect to acquire the 26-year-old on the cheap.
“I do not intend to sell Alexandre quickly, because there is always the option of Atletico Madrid signing him on 1 January, 2018,” said Aulas. “I also listen to what Alexandre says.
“I saw Arsene during the match between France and England. I was with Gerard Houllier and I understand he [Wenger] told Gerard that there could be an interest from Arsenal, but it’s premature to say that things will happen.
“We are talking about 50-60m euros [£44-53m]. If Arsenal are ready to pay for Lacazette, it will have to be at least that. Everyone knows that Atletico’s offer is €53m plus €12m in add-ons. That’s €65m.
“The Arsenal executives are well informed, they will be in those waters. The price for a player who scores, every year, between 25 and 30 goals, sometimes more than 30, is at least that.”
Aulas also confirmed that Lyon have an interest in signing Arsenal striker Olivier Giroud, who started only 11 Premier League matches last term. He said: “He is a boy that we like.”