Alexandre Lacazette: Arsenal target set on summer departure

In news that will put a number of clubs on alert, Lyon star Alexandre Lacazette has opened up to France’s Canal+ about his desire to leave Lyon for pastures new this summer.

The France international forward has been heavily mooted to leave for one of Europe’s elite sides over the past few seasons with the likes of Arsenal, West Ham, Manchester United, Chelsea, Liverpool among others linked with the Lyon star’s services over the years.

However, for clubs to have any chance of landing him they’ll likely need to bid big money for him, somewhere near the reported £60 million release clause in his contract.

According to Sky Sports, or specifically Lyon president Jean-Michel Aulas, the club rejected two major bids from Premier League sides last summer: one an approximately £43 million bid from West Ham and a much less £30 million offer from Arsenal.

Aulas is a notoriously tough negotiator (just ask Chelsea when it came to acquiring Michael Essien), so expect the Frenchman to only depart if Lyon receive an offer heftier than the aforementioned summer bids for probably their most important player.

However, no matter the fee, Lacazette should be worth the price for whoever manages to land his signature.


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