Lyon president Jean-Michel Aulas has revealed Arsenal have made a ‘very nice’ offer for £60m-rated forward Alexandre Lacazette.
The France international had agreed a deal to join Atletico Madrid this summer but the La Liga giants had their transfer ban upheld and are now unable to sign players until 2018.
Lacazette, 26, came through Lyon’s academy and has scored 129 goals in 275 appearances for the Ligue 1 club.
And, in a Q&A session today, Lyon president Aulas has confirmed that Arsenal have made an offer for the Frenchman, though he says the club are confident of keeping him.
‘Lacazette was told he could leave,’ said Aulas.
‘We now have a very nice offer from Arsenal. But for us he will not leave.’
Lacazette fueled speculation over a move to the Emirates earlier this month when he said he was open to joining a club in the Europa League.
It was a clear change of tactic from the striker, who had maintained he would only leave Lyon for a club in the Champions League before Atletico Madrid’s ban was upheld.
Arsenal have signed Sead Kolasinac on a free so far this summer and Wenger is pursuing a move for Monaco ace Kylian Mbappe alongside a deal for Lacazette.