Lyon president Jean-Michel Aulas talked to L’Equipe about the future of his team’s most precious player, and, as usual, he said a lot of interesting things, making some revelations as well.
I saw Arsene during the match between France and England. I was with Gerard Houllier and I understand he told Gerard that there could be an interest from Arsenal
Aulas said, shedding light on the talk he had with Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger, but also former Liverpool manager and current Lyon advisor Gerard Houllier, regarding Alexandre Lacazette.
It is premature to say that things will be done. We cannot let a player of that quality go without his replacement. We are talking about €50m to €60m
the Lyon boss also said, before explaining why the amount is that high.
Everyone knows Atletico were going to pay €53m plus €12m in add-ons. That’s €65m. The Arsenal executives are well informed, they will be in those waters. The price for a player who scores, every year, between 25 and 30 goals, sometimes more than 30, is at least that
Aulas explained. Does he think Arsenal are ok with paying this kind of money?
Arsenal is ready to pay for Lacazette
was his answer to that question, clearing out though that
I do not intend to sell Alexandre quickly, because there is always the option of Atletico Madrid to signing him on January 1, 2018. I also listen to what Alexandre says. Frankly, I have not thought about Arsenal for the moment, because I thought that Alexandre would stay because of the failure, initially, with Atletico Madrid.