Arsenal and West Ham may explore alternative options after Lyon president Jean Michel Aulas spoke about Alexandre Lacazette’s future.
The Frenchman, who was the 2014/15 Ligue 1 top goalscorer with 27 goals in 33 games and followed up with 21 goals last season, has attracted strong interest from the Premier League with West Ham already making firm offers.
Arsenal have also emerged as contenders for his signature, but Lacazette looks set to follow in Jamie Vardy’s footsteps and snub a move to the Emirates in order to stay with his current club.
President Aulas appeared confident of keeping Lyon’s star man this summer and also revealed to the media that he is a key part of their plans next season.
“We had a few calls, but he will stay with us,” Aulas told reporters following Lyon’s 2-2 draw with Bourg en Bresse in a pre-season friendly.
“The coach [Bruno Genesio] wishes to rely on him. And I also feel he wants to stay.”
Arsenal’s transfer business this summer could be slowed down somewhat as the Gunners hierarchy plan to enter negotiations with manager Arsene Wenger in a bid to ward off interest from England.