Arsenal have seen a €35m (£29.3m) bid for France striker Alexandre Lacazette, after the Ligue 1 club labelled the France striker ‘irreplaceable’.
The Gunners are on the hunt for forward after their goalscoring troubles of last season and have already saw efforts to sign Jamie Vardy from Leicester rebuffed earlier this summer.
And it appears their efforts to sign the France striker have also been rejected
The French side announced a £29.3m (35m euros) bid for Lacazette had been made but claim they have not responded to Arsenal such is their desire to keep hold of the 25-year-old.
The club statement read: “Olympique Lyonnais denies categorically having received a £40m offer from Arsenal for the transfer of Alexandre Lacazette as Le Progrès stated in its issue this morning.
“The club regrets once again that the publication has not bothered to contact them before publishing the false information which creates confusion on the day we publish annual turnover of £183m, up 111% compared to 2014/2015.
“The reality is that the Arsenal made an offer of £30m which Olympique Lyonnais did not respond to for one reason only: OL wants to keep Alexandre Lacazette because he is irreplaceable and one of the major leaders of Bruno Genesio’s group.”
Last season, Lacazette scored 21 league goals, a tally only bettered by Zlatan Ibrahimovic’s 38 for Paris Saint-Germain, although the club admitted recently they could be forced to sell the striker should a bid of around £32million come in.
— Olympique Lyonnais (@OL) July 26, 2016