Tuesday, 26 July 2016

Lyon Rejected Arsenal's £29.4million Bid on Alexandre Lacazette.

Lyon have confirmed they have rejected a £29.4million bid from Arsenal for striker Alexandre Lacazette.

In a statement posted on their Twitter account on Tuesday, the French side clarified their position by noting that the striker is 'Irreplaceable' and not for sale.
Le Progres, a local newspaper in Lyon, had earlier published a report noting that Arsenal had bid €48million (£40.2m) for their star striker, which the club came out to refute.

They wrote: 'Olympique Lyonnais categorically denies having received a €48m offer from Arsenal for Alexandre Lacazette like Le Progres claims in their edition this morning.

'The club regrets yet again that Le Progres did not decide to contact us before publishing this false information that has created confusion on the day where the Group, on the stock exchange, publishes its annual accounts showing €218.1m (£182.9m), a progression of 111% from 2014/15.

'The reality is that the club Arsenal made an offer worth €35m, which Lyon did not follow up on for one reason: OL will keep Alexandre Lacazette who is irreplaceable and who is one of the main leaders in Bruno Genesio's squad.'

According to separate reports, the 25-year-old has already told West Ham he would only leave Lyon for a club in the Champions League.

Arsenal are in the hunt for a new striker this summer, and Lacazette fits the bill after scoring 21 goals in Ligue 1 last season; only Zlatan Ibrahimovic netted more.

The France international, who was left out Didier Deschamps' Euro 2016 squad, has netted 36 league goals across the past seasons.