Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger’s hopes of signing Olympique Lyon forward Alexandre Lacazette this summer have been dealt a massive blow, with the French side’s president Jean-Michel Aulas making it clear that the player is not for sale at any cost in the near future.
Aulas was quoted telling French newspaper Le Progres: “Alexandre is irreplaceable. It would be a professional mistake to sell him.”
The boss went on to indicate his belief in the player, saying that according to him Lacazette would score even more goals than Paris Saint-Germain ace Edinson Cavani this season, and would be a hit in the Champions League. He added that because of the potential that the 25 year old possesses, he wouldn’t want him to leave this summer, and that the player himself wants to remain at Parc Olympique Lyonnais for now.
Aulas’ quotes would certainly come as a rude shock to the Gunners, who were reportedly viewing him as one of their most important summer targets, after facing disappointment in the races for Jamie Vardy, Alvaro Morata and Gonzalo Higuain. To add to the disappointment is the fact that until sometime back, Lyon were reportedly ready to sell the player for around £40m plus bonuses, and Arsenal only offered £29.3m for him – a bid which was promptly rejected by the French side.
In the midst of it all, it remains to be seen what steps Wenger would take in the days to come in order to strengthen his strike force.