Clubs interested in Olympique Lyonnais’ Alexandre Lacazette – including Arsenal and Chelsea – have been informed of his £35m price-tag.
According to the London Evening Standard, the Premier League champions and their London rivals are interested in the France international; however, the English duo may have been scared out of making a bid after Lyon president Jean-Michel Aulas revealed the price that the Ligue 1 outfit are demanding for their prized asset.
Aulas has refused to rule out the 24-year-old departing the Stade de Gerland this summer – but will only accept an offer in excess of £35m:
“Of course, if a €50-60m (£35-42m) bid was tabled, I will no doubt have to prepare for his exit and wish him good luck. I really feel like he wants to stay,” as quoted by the London Evening Standard.
Lacazette’s current contract isn’t set to expire until 2018 [via the Express], but after firing Hubert Fournier’s side to Champions League qualification while finishing top scorer of Ligue 1, it’s little surprise that Les Gones are keen to frighten off potential suitors.
L’Equipe, earlier this month, stated that Lyon were keen to persuade Lacazette to commit his long-term future to the club amid intense speculation over his future – but negotiations over a new deal, according to the French newspaper, had been unsuccessful.
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Liverpool have also been linked with Lacazette [via Metro].
Meanwhile, Paris Saint-German have been credited with interest, as Le 10 Sport claim that the striker could be a replacement to Zlatan Ibrahimovic – whose future at the Parc des Princes appears uncertain this summer [via ESPN].
What’s more, Manchester United are reportedly keen on Edinson Cavani, and have tabled a straight swap deal involving Angel Di Maria [via the Express] – which could, therefore, leaving Laurent Blanc short of attacking firepower next season.