£60m Arsenal target given green light to move this summer

Date published: Tuesday 7th February 2017 1:40

Lyon president Jean-Michel Aulas says he will not stand in the way of Arsenal and West Ham target Alexandre Lacazette if he wants to leave this summer.

The France forward has been heavily linked with Arsenal, who were rumoured to have made an offer of around €30million, while West Ham also tried to sign the striker last summer with Aulas confirming they rejected a bid last summer.

Aulas told French broadcaster SFR Sport in August: “We rejected a bid from West Ham for £43m for Lacazette.”

The 25-year-old remained in France with Lyon although a summer switch now looks more than likely if suitors can get anywhere near his reported £60million buyout clause.

When asked whether Lacazette could be sold soon, Aulas told OL TV: “If one day there is an opportunity, then of course, as we did with Sam [Samuel Umtiti], Abi [Eric Abidal] to Barcelona and Karim [Benzema] to Real Madrid.

“Or further back in time with Ludo [Ludovic Giuly] to Monaco, so why not?”

And the president insists Lyon have no issue with Lacazette wanting to join one of the game’s biggest clubs.

“Alex has [always] wanted to play at a great club and Lyon do not object, we are on the same page.”

Lacazette, who has scored 21 goals in 25 appearances for Lyon this season, is contracted until 2019.

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