It’s being reported that Lyon president Jean-Michel Aulas has met with Arsenal this week to discuss the situations of Alexandre Lacazette and Olivier Giroud.
Earlier this week the Gunners were told they’d have to stump up somewhere in the region of £60m for the France striker who scored 36 goals last season, while further reports said that Olivier Giroud could be used as a make-weight in the deal.
Now, according to Le Progres (a local publication), Aulas travelled to London with advisor Gerard Houllier to discuss matters with the club.
Lyon president Aulas & advisor Houllier were in London this week to discuss Lacazette with #Arsenal. Also enquired about Giroud (Le Progres)
— Matt Spiro (@mattspiro) June 14, 2017
If Arsenal were to stump up that kind of money for Lacazette, it would likely be a sign that they have ended their pursuit of Kylian Mbappé, subject of a €100m offer two weeks ago.
The 26 year old is a player that has long been on Arsene Wenger’s radar, but until now the Arsenal manager has been reluctant to take his interest into the realms of a concrete bid.
Whether the paucity of options is playing a part remains to be seen, as top strikers appear to be in short supply at this moment in time.
It also seems unlikely that Arsenal will be willing to let Giroud go, unless the money on offer from Lyon allows them to bring in Lacazette without ending the Mbappé chase.
The 30 year old has spoken about wanting more playing time, but proved a valuable member of the squad last season – particularly from the bench.