Huge Blow For Arsenal In Lacazette Pursuit As Lyon Open The Door To PSG Offer
Lyon are ready to listen to an offer from Ligue 1 giants Paris Saint-Germain for Alexandre Lacazette amid rumours about a move to the Premier League.
However, FootTheBall sources claim that Lacazette could be remain in Ligue 1 if Lyon agree in principle with PSG over a transfer move for the French striker.
Lyon president Jean-Michel Aulas accentuated that he would prefer to finalise a deal with a domestic club rather than selling the French striker to a Premier League club.
He said: “I know Nasser suggested to Noel Le Graet [president of the French Football Federation] that he is not investing that much in French players because he thought other presidents of French clubs looked badly upon it.”
“I want him to know that if he makes an offer for Alexandre at least equal to that of the other clubs bidding for him, then Alex can go to Paris without problem.”
“I am a businessman and a modern club president. Transfer money must be reinvested into French football, as I always did when we were at the peak of our powers.”
“When transfer money is shared abroad, it strengthens our competitors instead.”
Lacazette has proved his class in the last four seasons at Lyon – with a total of 113 goals to his name out of which he has netted 37 times in the 2016-17 campaign.
The 26-year-old French striker had expressed desire of a move to Atletico. And now the FIFA punishment for signing under-age players means Atletico Madrid will be blocked from securing the signatures of Lacazette.
Lacazette had ruled out a move to Arsenal after he made it very clear that he wants to make a switch in order to compete for major trophies elsewhere.
But later he has softened his stance as his expected switch to Atletico Madrid collapsed due to their transfer ban.
He said: “The Champions League is important but it is not a deal-breaker for my next club.”
“The Premier League is interesting and I will look for a club where there are not too many players in my position, so I will not be benched.”
However, it is now believed that PSG are in pole position to secure his signatures this summer and this would see him team up with Edinson Cavani at the front.