Lyon‘s president says he is willing to keep Alexandre Lacazette this summer unless Arsenal match his £44m valuation.
The Gunners are in talks over a deal for Lacazette, but Jean-Michel Aulas has warned Atletico Madrid could resurrect the deal for the striker which was thwarted by the Court of Arbitration for Sport’s decision to uphold the Spanish club’s transfer plans.
“I do not intend to cede Alexandre quickly, because there is always the will of Atletico Madrid to bring it to January 1,” Aulas told L’Equipe. “Now I also listen to what Alexandre says.
“It’s premature to say that things will happen. We are talking about €50m to €60m (£44m-£53m), 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 bonus. That’s €65m (£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.”