Nabil Fekir hopes Lacazette will stay, but sounds far from optimistic.
Linked with every top club in Europe, Alexandre Lacazette is a much sought-after talent. Wanted by Arsenal, Liverpool and Manchester United in the upcoming transfer window, according to The Guardian, it is going to be a long summer of claims and counter claims.
For every interview with Olympique Lyonnais President Jean-Michel Aulas declaring that it will be very unlikely that his star striker leaves this summer, there are always quotes from other parties that put doubt into his claims.
On Monday, Lacazette’s teammate, Nabil Fekir, also linked with Arsenal, appeared on French radio station RMC and left little clues regarding Lacazette’s future. He was asked if he thought Lacazette would be at Lyon next summer.
"I wish,” he responded. “We know that he is a very, very good player. He has had a great season and was rewarded. Now it's up to him to see. I'm not there to tell him to stay or anything. It is him who makes the decisions but we would all still want him at Lyon."
Fekir’s words sound more like a plea for his teammate to stay than a confident claim, opening the door for the Premier League trio.
Lacazette has been in sensational form this season, scoring 27 goals in 33 games and helping Lyon back into the automatic Champions League places.
They battled with Paris Saint-Germain for the majority of the season, but couldn't quite keep pace at the end. Lyon’s hope is that Lacazette will be tempted to stay by Champions League football and the prospect of playing in Lyon’s brand new stadium that opens in January.
Premier League clubs will be hoping the doubts are true…now it’s just a matter of finding the €50 million that could be needed to convince Aulas to sell.