For someone who wants to keep his star striker at the club, Jean-Michel Aulas doesn’t half talk a lot about Alexandre Lacazette’s future.
After claiming there was a possibility the France international could wait it out to get his move to Atlético, and with Arsenal said to be very interested, Lyon’s president has once again given an interview, this time to AFP, where he explained an exit is possible.
Relayed by RMC Sport, Aulas, when asked about the 26-year-old, confirmed Lacazette ‘wanted to leave’ after receiving offers that ‘shored up his desire to do so’, but that the club ‘wanted to keep him’.
This isn’t exactly groundbreaking news, as we all know Atlético made an offer, and most clubs would prefer to keep their best players, but, almost as if hinting that a departure was likely this summer, the Lyon boss also explained that if his star striker were to leave, they would bring someone else in.
The options? “It’ll either be a France international or a player from a very big European club.”
Even though RMC work it out for us, it doesn’t take much of a genius to work out who those two players are, mostly because Didier Deschamps only really uses one striker regularly, and that’s Olivier Giroud, while Lyon’s interest in Real Madrid’s Mariano Diaz has been very well documented.
Lacazette arriving at the Emirates would certainly put the Gunners target man’s future in doubt, and with a World Cup to play for next year, the former Montpellier star will be wanting to get as much game time under his belt as possible in the upcoming campaign.
If that means going to Lyon, where he’ll be surrounded by players such as Nabil Fékir, Memphis Depay and Bertrand Traoré, then there’s worse places for him to go to.