Lyon have confirmed they have rejected a €35 million bid from Arsenal for their star player Alexandre Lacazette.
The 25-year-old has been in fine form for the Ligue 1 outfit in the last few seasons. In the 2015-16 campaign, he scored 23 goals in all competitions, which includes 21 goals in the league from 34 appearances.
His form for the club has seen him attract interest from the north London club. They are not the only club interested in signing Lacazette. The Mirror reported that the Gunners’ league rivals Manchester United and Liverpool are also looking at the option of signing him in the summer transfer window.
However, it was believed that Arsene Wenger’s side are leading the race for the striker’s signature. The France international is wanted by his compatriot at the Emirates and made a bid to land him this summer.
Arsenal’s approach of £29 million has now been revealed and Lyon also denied that they have received a €48 million bid for Lacazette.
“Olympique Lyonnais denies categorically having received a €48m offer from Arsenal for the transfer of Alexandre Lacazette as Le Progres stated in its issue this morning,” Lyon confirmed the communication via their official Twitter account.
“The club regrets once again that the publication has not bothered to contact us before publishing the false information which creates confusion on the day we publish annual turnover of £183m, up 111% compared to 2014/2015.
“The reality is that the Arsenal made ??an offer of €35m which Olympique Lyonnais did not respond to for one reason only: OL wants to keep Alexandre Lacazette because he is irreplaceable and one of the major leaders of Bruno Genesio’s group.”
Lyon’s latest statement will be a blow for Arsenal and Wenger, who were chasing Lacazette. For United and Liverpool, they have strengthened in that position, but Jose Mourinho could bring in a striker if he decides to allow James Wilson and Will Keane leave Old Trafford on loan. Should he allow the duo to leave United, Lacazette could be an option to fill in that position.