Lyon appear to have ruled out a move for Olivier Giroud after clinching the signing of Bertrand Traore from Chelsea.
Chairman Jean-Michel Aulas had expressed an interest in the Arsenal man last week but in light of his €10 million acquisition of Traore, who spent last season at Ajax, he admits he can’t keep buying strikers.
“We don’t want to stockpile forwards,” Aulas said when quizzed about Giroud at Traore’s unveiling. He added, “Arsenal want to keep him.”
Given how much Aulas likes to talk, we wouldn’t be surprised if he changes his mind again, particularly with Arsenal seemingly eager to purchase Alexandre Lacazette.
Earlier today, the Gunners were told they’d need to stump up €65 million for Lacazette; the price previously agreed between Lyon and Atletico before the latter were slapped with a transfer ban.
While Lyon may, for now, have changed their mind, Giroud’s future at Arsenal remains in doubt. The attacker, 30, has already expressed his frustration at a lack of regular football last season and is coveted by West Ham United.
The Telegraph claims the Hammers are willing to match Giroud’s current £120,000-a-week salary and pay a transfer fee of around £20 million for a player.