Lyon claim they have ignored an offer of €35 million tabled by Arsenal for striker Alexandre Lacazette.
The Gunners have long been linked with the 25-year-old despite the Ligue 1 outfit making clear their eagerness to retain the services of their star man.
Taking to social media in a statement that will likely draw a line under the Gunners interest in the France international, Lyon state:
Olympique Lyonnais categorically denies having received a €48m offer from Arsenal for Alexandre Lacazette like Le Progrès claims in their edition this morning.
The club regrets yet again that Le Progrès did not decide to contact us before publishing this false information that has created confusion on the day where the Group, on the stock exchange, publishes its annual accounts showing €218.1m, a progression of 111% from 2014/15.
The reality is that the club Arsenal made an offer worth €35m, which Lyon did not follow up on for one reason: OL will keep Alexandre Lacazette who is irreplaceable and who is one of the main leaders in Bruno Genesio’s squad.
— Olympique Lyonnais (@OL) July 26, 2016
Lyon president Jean-Michel Aulas obviously decided he’d kill two birds with one stone, killing off the story in Le Progrès (he must have some serious boeuf there!) and nipping in the bud any suggestion that Arsenal have a chance of signing Lacazette even if they return with a bigger bid.
After the failed attempt to sign Vardy this has to go down as another rejection. We can’t see Arsene reviving his interest after such public mischief making.
Given Lyon have killed the story dead, we’re not even sure we can give our new Poo-o-Meter rating system a run out…the bastards.