Lyon chairman Jean-Michel Aulas says Arsenal will have to stump up a deal worth €65 million if they are to sign Alexandre Lacazette this summer.
The France international had a move to Atletico Madrid sanctioned earlier in the summer only for the deal to collapse when the Spanish side had a transfer ban imposed on them until January 2018.
Having failed in an audacious bid to snap up Monaco’s Kylian Mbappe it appears that Lacazette, 26, is the next on Arsene Wenger’s shopping list. Aulas maintains he’ll make the Gunners work hard for his star man having already hinted he could move for Olivier Giroud as part of negotiations.
“I don’t have the intention to sell Alexandre quickly because there is still the will of Atletico Madrid to return on January 1. Now, I will listen also to what Alexandre says,” Aulas told L’Equipe.
“I saw Arsene during the France-England game (on June 13). I was with Gerard Houllier and I seemed to understand that he said to Gerard that there could be interest from Arsenal.
“But it is premature to say that things will happen. We need to get in a big transfer first. We cannot let a player of this quality leave without a replacement.
“Everyone knows that Atletico’s offer was €53million plus €12m in bonuses. That makes €65million (£57m). As the Arsenal directors well know, it will be in that range.
“It will have to be at least that. The price for a player who scores 25-30 goals every year – sometimes more than 30 – is at least that.
“But frankly, I haven’t yet thought about Arsenal for now because I thought that Alexandre was going to stay because the deal with Atletico fell through.”