Newcastle still chasing £10m France star as Lyon stay silent

Alexandre Lacazette

Olympique Lyonnais have dismissed the suggestion Maxime Gonalons will be leaving for Napoli but have yet to comment on Alexandre Lacazette’s future.

Sometimes in football silence can be deafening and while Ligue 1 side Lyon have been making plenty of noises about the future of Maxime Gonalons, they have remained noticeably quiet when it comes to talking about Alexandre Lacazette.

An official statement from Gonalons appeared on the French club’s website yesterday, with the defensive midfielder moving to dismiss any suggestion he would be departing Stade de Gerland this summer.

The move comes just two months after former Stade de Reims manager Hubert Fournier was unveiled as the new manager of Lyon, following Remi Garde’s departure at the end of last season.

And speaking on the club’s website, the newly-installed coach expressed his delight at securing the future of the 25-year-old.

"It is important to have players like Maxime as he represents the spirit of the club,” he said.

"This is a strong decision on his part. This is not a small club.”

But while the comments heaped praise on the Lyon captain for deciding to remain with the French side rather than head to Serie A with Napoli, the futures of fellow youth stars Clement Grenier and Alexandre Lacazette remain unclear.

Rumoured to be locked in talks with Fournier over their respective futures at the club, it’s the latter of the two that looks most likely to push for a move, having been left out of France’s squad for the World Cup in Brazil.

That decision was made despite the 23-year-old enjoying his best ever season at club level, during which he racked up 23 goals in all competitions, and could prompt Lacazette to consider a move abroad to a club more likely to help the forward establish himself as a Bleus regular.

Newcastle United could be the perfect fit with the Magpies rumoured to be lining up a £10 million bid for the Frenchman as they look to improve on last season’s mid-table Premier League finish.

And having seen the likes of Moussa Sissoko, Yohan Cabaye and Mathieu Debuchy establish themselves as international regulars for France off the back of playing for the Toon, Lacazette could be the next Ligue 1 star to benefit.

With influential mentor and manager Garde gone, it could be now or never for the youngster and the Premier League.

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