It seems like Arsenal’s pursuit of a striker is not going to end anytime soon. Following their failure to sign Leicester City striker Jamie Vardy, the North London club were strongly linked with a move for Lyon forward Alexandre Lacazette.
However, if the latest comments from Lyon president Jean-Michel Aulas are to be believed, the Gunners are set for yet another disappointment. Aulas has claimed that the French striker intends to stay with the Ligue 1 club for the next season in Ligue 1.
“We have had a few calls, but Alexandre will stay. I think it is his desire and the coach counts on him, “Aulas told French television channel Canal+ (via Sky Sports).
The Hammers have already seen their bid of £31 million turned down by Lyon, but they still remained interested in the player. Meanwhile, Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger, recently, refused to deny his interest in the 25-year-old.
Lacazette only signed a four-year deal with Lyon last August and is valued at £40 million by his club. It’s quite possible that Aulas’ recent comments are just an attempt to drive up the price of the striker, as his striker has also attracted interests from West Ham United and Juventus, among other clubs.