Lyon president Jean-Michel Aulas says he’s keen for a reunion with Alex Lacazette when the striker becomes a free agent in the summer.
While Mikel Arteta hasn’t ruled out the possibility of offering the 30-year-old an extension to his current deal, the odds are stacked against a renewal given the signing-on fee he could command elsewhere.
“It’s Lacazette, he interests us because he marked this club,” Aulas said.
“It’s a profile that interests us and we have always been in contact with him.
“This is part of the guiding ideas brought by [new sporting director] Bruno Cheyrou. In our context, yes it [Lacazette] is more accessible than Benzema [who is also ex-Lyon].
“We have to try to see if we can do it as a free player but we will not be alone.”
Born in Lyon, Lacazette joined his local club in 2003 and rose through the ranks quickly before scoring 129 goals in 275 appearances at senior level. It was that impressive scoring record that persuaded Arsene Wenger to spend a club-record fee of £46.5 million in 2017.
You’d hardly begrudge the Frenchman a return home after five years of service but it would heap further pressure on Edu to recruit in the attacking department given Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang’s recent departure and the likelihood of Eddie Nketiah also jumping ship.