Arsenal have been dealt a blow in their chase for Alexandre Lacazette after being told they must pay a club record for his services.
The Gunners have been told by Lyon that they must stump up £57million if they want to sign the French international, almost £15m more than the £42.5m they paid for Mesut Ozil back in 2013.
Lyon president Jean Michel Aulas has told Arsenal to match the offer already made by Atletico Madrid. Atletico have already agreed a deal to sign Lacazette, but were then shocked to find their appeal against their transfer ban was rejected.
“I do not intend to cede Alexandre [Lacazette] quickly, because there is always the will of Atletico Madrid to bring it [the transfer] to January 1.
“Now I also listen to what Alexandre says. I saw Arsene [Wenger] during the France versus England match.
“I was with Gerard Houllier and I understand that he told Gerard that there could be interest from Arsenal.
“But it’s premature to say that things will happen. It takes a very large transfer before. A player of that quality cannot be allowed to leave without having his replacement.
“It will have to be at least that [£57m].
“Everyone knows that the offer of Atletico is €53m [£46.5m] plus €12M [£10.5m]. That’s €65m [£57m].
“As the leaders of Arsenal are well informed, they will be in those waters.”
“The prices for a player who marks every year with between 25 and 30 goals, sometimes more than 30, is at least that.
“But frankly, I have not thought about Arsenal for the moment, because I thought that Alexandre would stay because of the failure, initially, with the Atletico Madrid move.”
Lacazette could wait until January to finally move to Atletico, or abandon the move to Spain and choose elsewhere. Liverpool are also thought to be interested