As the English press continue to link Alexandre Lacazette with a move to Manchester City or Arsenal, his agent is doing his very best to play down the rumours and give some realism to the situation.
On Monday he spoke to Eurosport France and made it quite clear that the Lyon forward wouldn’t be leaving France anytime soon.
“Lacazette will not leave this winter,” said David Venditelli. “The phone rings a lot but he does not aim to leave and even less this winter.”
Lacazette is currently the top scorer in Ligue 1 with 17 goals in 19 games. Last year he finished the season with 15 and it’s easy to see why the best clubs in Europe are desperate to win his signature. But the truth is that neither Premier League club would be able to afford a deal this winter to even tempt Lyon into a move.
When you compare the recent moves for Eden Hazard to Chelsea and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang to Borussia Dortmund, it is very unlikely that OL president Jean-Michel Aulas would accept anything less than €25 million, and he'd possibly be looking for more still if his 23-year-old forward continues to score goals.
Rather than just plain agent talk, Lacazette himself, who is contracted until 2018, made it clear he is happy to stay.
"The system was put in place a while ago, but the economic context may mean some people have to leave," the striker told Ligue1.com after the 3-2 Round of 64 win in Calais.
"If we're no longer all together, we certainly won't have the same collective strength. As for me, if the club can continue to allow me to improve, why shouldn't I stay?"
It is very clear, from all parties involved that Lacazette will not be leaving Lyon this January. The French club want him to be the star attraction when they open their new stadium next season, and would be happy to keep him for another 18 months.
Lyon are currently second in Ligue 1, and would be a good bet to finish in the top three, making the Champions League qualifiers. Making that step up would be the ideal way to see Lacazette stay in Lyon for another season.