Lyon Says Arsenal Will Have to Pay at Least £44 Million for Alexandre Lacazette
Arsenal are in talks about a deal for Lyon’s Alexandre Lacazette, but the club’s president has warned that the Gunners must match a valuation of at least £44 million.
Lacazette saw a proposed move to Atletico Madrid fall apart when the Court of Arbitration for Sport upheld a transfer ban on the Spanish club. However, now Jean-Michel Aulas has warned that it is “premature” to assume that he will end up at the Emirates Stadium.
Speaking to L’Equipe he said, “I do not intend to cede Alexandre quickly, because there is always the will of Atletico Madrid to bring it to January 1. Now I also listen to what Alexandre says.”
He said that he is seeking at least €50 to €60 million but hinted that he may not settle unless the offer is considerably higher.
“Everyone knows that Atletico's offer is 53m euros plus 12m bonus. That's 65m euros [£57m]. As the leaders of Arsenal are well informed, they will be in those waters. But frankly I have not thought about Arsenal for the moment. I thought Alexandre would stay because of the failure, initially, with Atletico Madrid.”
Aulas also said that he is interested in Arsenal striker Olivier Giroud who started in just 11 Premier League games last season and recently said that he would not “settle” for another season with such little playing time.
However, Aulas said that things will depend on Wenger and that for now they are just monitoring the situation.