Lyon like talking, that much is clear. They’re fairly forthright when it comes to their transfer business too, as Arsenal found out last week.
The Ligue Un side released a statement revealing they’d rejected an Arsenal bid for striker Alexandre Lacazette, saying it fell below their valuation of the player.
Reports this week, in various French publications like L’Equipe and France Football, have said that Arsenal are going to return with a bigger, more tempting offer, but Lyon president Jean-Michel Aulas is not expecting to hear anything further from North London.
Speaking about that initial offer, he told L’Equipe, “”Arsenal have not come back, and they will not come back.”
Now, whether that’s because we’ve told him to stick it up his bum, or if he just knows the way Arsene Wenger operates and isn’t expecting the Arsenal manager to go above his perceived value of Lacazette we can’t be sure.
He does sound quite definitive though. Wenger has been speaking about the need for a new forward, saying, “At the moment, I do not have too many attacking options.
“We still look outside to find one more.”
Is Lacazette now off the menu? Are our sights set elsewhere? Find out in the next exciting installment of ‘Arsenal Transfer News’*
* it’s not that exciting. And there’s basically no news. But still.