French giants admit Swans are leading the pack for stubborn striker.
Lyon chairman Jean-Michel Aulas has confirmed that Swansea City are leading the race to sign striker Bafetimbi Gomis after meeting with officials from the club over the weekend, Sky Sports reports.
A number of clubs are said to have the 27-year-old French international in their sights, but he has so far refused to accept a move away from the Stade Gerland, which in turn forced the club to sell Anthony Martial to Monaco.
In order to report a balanced financial set of results for the previous year, the club had to sell somebody by the weekend, and with Gomis stalling they were forced to look elsewhere for money, and Monaco came in for the highly-rated Martial.
Aulas has confirmed that Swansea have met Lyon’s terms in order to buy the striker, but will need to convince the player of a move first.
“I had the feeling and I was even almost sure we could have convinced Bafe [to leave],” Aulas told French newspaper L’Equipe.
“The Swansea chairman came to Lyon to sign the commitment and we checked the offer was superior to what Bafe earns at Lyon.”
However, Aulas also took a swipe at the player’s behaviour by saying: “It has become a behaviour problem more than a sporting problem. I could not imagine he would go against his own interests.”