There has been a lot of speculation about the future of Lyon striker Alexandre Lacazette in recent weeks. Liverpool, Juventus and Arsenal have been linked with interest in the 22-year-old and it is set to be one of this summer’s biggest transfer sagas. But on Monday the player himself spoke to French radio and declared that he was willing to stay in France.
Speaking to daily radio show RMC, Lacazette said.
“I’ll be at Lyon next season. At my level, there is no doubt,”
The comments from Lacazette suggest that he is happy to develop his game at Lyon next season, and considering this is the first season of his career that he has scored goals in the double figures, it is perhaps the right decision to take.
Previously Lyon President Jean-Michel Aulas had described Lacazette as “untransferrable”, to then rumours coming out this weekend that Lyon would listen to offers for the French international.
And despite what Lacazette would prefer to do next season, we may not have a choice in the matter. Every player in the Lyon squad has a price, and if clubs meet that price, Aulas is always willing to do business. The club didn’t want to sell Hugo Lloris to Tottenham, but they needed the €12 million, and the goalkeeper was sold.
Lyon’s position on Lacazette will ultimately be determined on who else they manage to sell and for how much. Captain Maxime Gonalons has been heavily linked with a move to Napoli and that one is likely to happen. Lyon would also like to find a new club for Yoann Gourcuff this summer; only if that does not happen will offers for Lacazette and team-mate Clement Grenier be considered.
With 15 goals in Ligue 1 this season, Lacazette is obviously going to attract a huge amount of interest. If he can make Didier Deschamps’s World Cup squad he will become a very wanted man.
His current feeling may be to stay at Lyon, but if someone comes in and crosses Monsieur Aulas’s palm with silver, he may eventually have to look at moving clubs this summer.