‘Arsenal have made Lacazette bid’

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Last Updated: 16/06/17 11:42am

Alexandre Lacazette has said he will only move to a club offering him Champions League football

Alexandre Lacazette has said he will only move to a club offering him Champions League football

Alexandre Lacazette has said he will only move to a club offering him Champions League football

Arsenal have made an offer for Alexandre Lacazette but he will not be leaving Lyon, according to the French club’s president.

Jean-Michel Aulas confirmed Arsenal have submitted a bid for the 26-year-old France international, who scored 28 Ligue 1 goals for Lyon last season.

The Gunners’ move for Lacazette comes after a transfer to Atletico Madrid broke down following the La Liga side’s transfer ban, but a change in Lyon’s stance on the player could scupper any switch to the Emirates, according to Aulas.

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“Alexandre Lacazette was told he could leave,” Aulas said. “We had negotiations with Atletico. Things did not work out. We now have a very nice offer from Arsenal. But for us he will not leave.”

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Lacazatte had insisted in May he would only move to a club who were able to offer him Champions League football, with Arsenal’s failure to finish in the top four meaning they will miss out on next season’s competition.

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Lyon turned down a £43m bid for Lacazette from West Ham last summer and Aulas had initially suggested he would not stand in the player’s way if a move to the club “in his heart” became available.

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