Alex Lacazette says former club Lyon is one of a number of clubs who’ve been in touch about signing him should he become a free agent in the summer.
While that’s no secret – president Jean-Michel Aulas said as much in February – it sounds like the striker will only be tempted by a return to his hometown club if they secure European football.
Knocked out of the Europa League by West Ham and currently sitting eighth in the table, that’s by no means a foregone conclusion.
Un retour du "gang des Lyonnais" à l'OL ? 🔙@LacazetteAlex n'est pas contre… Mais la qualification européenne pèsera dans la balance 👀
— Canal Football Club (@CanalFootClub) April 17, 2022
“I am in discussion with a lot of clubs,” said Lacazette during an appearance on Canal Football Club on Sunday.
“I have never cut ties with Lyon since I left. I try to return to the club once or twice a year to see the medical staff again because we are really close. They know that I am free [in the summer], they made enquiries.
He added: “I want to play in Europe, it’s been a long time since I played in the Champions League too, so I miss it. Nothing is impossible in life but it’s a little more complicated [for Lyon without Europe].”
Lacazette joined Arsenal from Lyon in 2018 for £46.5 million and is now into the final months of the five-year contract he signed.
Mikel Arteta is thought to want to offer the 30-year-old a new short-term deal but it seems increasingly likely that he’ll see out the final years of his career elsewhere.
The striker, who has just six goals in 31 appearances to his name this season, missed Saturday’s defeat to Southampton after testing positive and is facing a race against time to be involved in Wednesday’s trip to Chelsea.