Lyon comments add to confusion over Lacazette

Date published: Monday 1st August 2016 10:58

Alexandre Lacazette

Lyon president Jean Michel Aulas says the club intend to offer Alexandre Lacazette a new contract, but the striker remains an Arsenal target.

The Gunners have been linked with a summer move for French striker Lacazette, with Lyon confirming they had received – and rejected – an offer from the Premier League club for his services.

The Ligue Un runners-up have since discussed the reasoning behind rejecting the £29m offer, while Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has offered his point of view.

It was believed that Arsenal would turn their attentions to a different target after their initial bid was rebuffed, but Sky Sports claimed on Monday that a second bid was in the offing.

‘Arsenal remain interested in signing Alexandre Lacazette and will make an improved offer for the Lyon forward, according to Sky sources,’ reads the first paragraph to the story on the Sky Sports website.

But Lyon president Aulas insists the club remain keen to keep their prized asset this summer.

“It is my desire to reach an agreement that allows him to understand that he is one of our best assets, if not the best,” he told Le Progress. “That will be reflected in what we will propose before the start of the championship.”

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