As usual there are hundreds of conflicting Arsenal transfer rumours regarding top strikers, and this week it was alleged that we were close to finalising a deal for Lyon’s hitman Alexandre Lacazette, but according to the Lyon president Jean-Michel Aulas he hasn’t even spoken to Arsene Wenger directly about a deal, and he is in no rush to do so either! “I do not intend to sell Alexander quickly, because there is always the option of Atletico Madrid to signing him on January 1, 2018,” Aulas said in L’Equipe.
“I also listen to what Alexander says.
“I saw Arsene during the match between France and England [on June 13]. I was with Gerard Houllier [who is an adviser to Aulas] and I understand he told Gerard that there could be an interest from Arsenal.
“But it is premature to say that things will be done.
“We can not let a player of that quality go without his replacement [lined up].”
It was reported this week that Aulas and Wenger had held meetings over Lacazette and they were close to an agreement, but that now just looks like a distant dream if Aulas has only heard about Arsenal’s interest through a third party.
Maybe Wenger is checking out other strikers as well and is leaving his options open for the moment, but it would seem we will have a long way to go before securing Lacazette for next season…