Lyon forward Alexandre Lacazette has long been linked with moves to both Liverpool and Arsenal this summer. However, despite the attention from the Premier League, Lyon haven’t quite given up hope of keeping the 23-year-old at the Stade Gerland for a little bit longer. With his current contract set to expire in 2016, Le Progres report that Lyon have offered him a new three-year-deal to try and entice him to remain in Lyon beyond this summer.
President Jean-Michel Aulas has the almost impossible task of trying to keep his talented trio of Clement Grenier, Maxime Gonalons and Lacazette at the club for this season, but if he can convince just one of them, the others might follow.
The players want assurances about the future of the club; if Lyon aren’t competitive it could affect any future move that the three players will eventually make. Grenier is a target for Newcastle United and Roma, with Napoli heavy favourites to land Gonalons.
Lyon have already rejected two bids from unknown English clubs, reported to be Arsenal and Liverpool, and Lacazette has already turned down their first contract offer. The forward scored 15 league goals this season, his best ever return, and if Lyon could convince him to stay it would give them a much better chance of rebuilding under new coach Hubert Fournier.
Any new deal for Lacazette would include the option to leave next summer, guaranteeing that OL get the best possible price for their very talented striker. Negotiations are ongoing, but they may stall if the player gets a call from Didier Deschamps to be part of his 23-man squad this summer.
There are doubts over the fitness of Franck Ribery, and a decision will be made about his involvement this Sunday. It looks to be between Remy Cabella and Lacazette for a place on the plane. If he was to go to Brazil you can imagine that there would be an increase in attention towards the forward, and it could help raise Lyon’s asking price.
This story is going to run all through the summer it seems, only Lacazette knows where his mind is at the moment. With the ability he has, he would be a great option for both Arsenal and Liverpool, but come Sunday they may have to drastically improve their bids if they want to secure his signature.