After scoring his fourth brace in a row Alexandre Lacazette took his tally to 19 for the season in Lyon’s 3-0 win over Toulouse.
After the game, while speaking to French paper Le Parisien, Lyon president Jean-Michel Aulas distanced any possibility of his star striker leaving France any time soon.
Everyone at Lyon has a price, but the French league leaders also have a plan, one that does not include selling Lacazette over the next two weeks. Aulas suggested that clubs would have to break the bank to even have a chance at signing the 23-year-old.
“You can’t put a figure on it. What’s the name of the Welshman at Real Madrid? I think Alexandre is a lot better. But Alexandre doesn’t have a price, so it’s pointless thinking of one.”
"Today, there is no positive response to a departure for Alexandre or Nabil or any other."
"We have resolved the problem by signing a contract through to 2018," he said. "I find him transformed. He has grown. He's an intelligent boy -- he knows the team and the coach allow him to express himself and enable him to become one of Europe's best marksmen."
To many in England, Lyon may still be seen as an easy target after they sold Hugo Lloris to Spurs for only €12 million, but OL’s money problems are nearly behind them. With the amount of young stars they have emerging into the first team and the expiring contract of Yoann Gourcuff. For once, Les Gones are in the driving seat.
There are five or six other players that Lyon could sell this summer if they need to keep their bank account in order, that doesn’t include Lacazette.
Lyon has a great chance of finishing in France’s top three, helping them welcome Champions League football to their new 61,000 seater stadium. With Lacazette’s contract running till 2018, there is a great chance that the striker will still be wearing a Lyon jersey come the start of the 2015/16 season.
There is little to no chance of the player leaving this month, and it will take a monumental offer to see the player leave France in the next 12 months.