Aulas: Lacazette will cost Arsenal at least €65 million

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Lyon chairman Jean-Michel Aulas says Arsenal will have to stump up a deal worth €65 million if they are to sign Alexandre Lacazette this summer.

The France international had a move to Atletico Madrid sanctioned earlier in the summer only for the deal to collapse when the Spanish side had a transfer ban imposed on them until January 2018.

Having failed in an audacious bid to snap up Monaco’s Kylian Mbappe it appears that Lacazette, 26, is the next on Arsene Wenger’s shopping list. Aulas maintains he’ll make the Gunners work hard for his star man having already hinted he could move for Olivier Giroud as part of negotiations.

“I don’t have the intention to sell Alexandre quickly because there is still the will of Atletico Madrid to return on January 1. Now, I will listen also to what Alexandre says,” Aulas told L’Equipe.

“I saw Arsene during the France-England game (on June 13). I was with Gerard Houllier and I seemed to understand that he said to Gerard that there could be interest from Arsenal.

“But it is premature to say that things will happen. We need to get in a big transfer first. We cannot let a player of this quality leave without a replacement.

“Everyone knows that Atletico’s offer was €53million plus €12m in bonuses. That makes €65million (£57m). As the Arsenal directors well know, it will be in that range.

“It will have to be at least that. The price for a player who scores 25-30 goals every year – sometimes more than 30 – is at least that.

“But frankly, I haven’t yet thought about Arsenal for now because I thought that Alexandre was going to stay because the deal with Atletico fell through.”

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Dan Gunn
Dan Gunn

Seems reasonable to pick up the terms that athletico agreed. Funny hearing how these transfers get done. My mate Arsene likes the look of your player. I still feel underwhelmed by the deal but if he is the best that we can realistically get then so be it.

SizC
SizC

Aulas is boring me. Tell it to the Arsenal board then!
Stupid media whore. Hey

dr Strange
dr Strange

Let’s go for another player.

Sean
Sean

Who would that be exactly? Sorry but we’re in no position right now to just take our business elsewhere once the chairman starts being a bit difficult. Mbappe’s seems like a pipe dream and Martial would turn into a massive saga that could well not pay off. Lacazette looks perfect for our style of football (great link up play, more mobile than Giroud and more clinical than Welbeck) and he’s our most realistic chance right now. Even if it means paying a bit more than we’d like, let’s just get this done and then focus on bringing in a midfielder like Goretzka so we’re ready for the start of the season. I can’t take another Summer of us racing around for options at the start of the season or see us go through another Benzema saga with Martial.

SB Still
SB Still

AUBAMEYANG maybe?

Ugo
Ugo

I’m not sure where this rhetoric that aubamenyang is definitely a better player than lacazette comes from. Agreed, I probably don’t watch them week in and week out, but when I have seen them in European games and from their league highlights. I don’t see this vast gulf in talent. 75% of the goals aubamenyang scored were tap ins from close range. I’ve seen lacazette hit more precise finishes. It’s a valid argument that maybe aubamenyang is less of a gamble because he plays in a top league. I would agree with that but I don’t see that he’s locked on as a better player than lacazette

Eric Blair
Eric Blair

I’m pretty sure I read somewhere that Aubameyang said he didn’t want to play in the premier league.

Not sure if paying best part of €45m only to replace Giroud with Lacazette would be a good decision. How many more goals a season would Lacazette have to score to make that worth while?

Simon
Simon

Agreed, they are willing to sell us a great striker who has been banging them in.
Can we be a bit more decisive for a change offer the going rate and get the player in for preseason rather than dithering all summer losing/drawing a few games before doing our business when Real Madrid/Barcelona decide everyone can move.

Heavenly Chapecoense
Heavenly Chapecoense

Arsene didn’t want to sell Debuchy to Van Gaal’s Man U. He will understand if Man U refuse to listen to us.

Chinaman
Chinaman

If not a new fwd why not another high profile playmaker. For £60m we can always take James Rodriguez from Madrid. Push Alexis up front & let Ozil & James play behind him.

Kai -malayan gunner
Kai -malayan gunner

Can anyone tell me why Lacazette is behind Giroud in France’s pecking order?

Anonymarse
Anonymarse

Because he isn’t a target man

Laughing Stock
Laughing Stock

Fucking hell does this cunt ever shut up? He should hire harry redknapp as manager then they can play out their entire business strategy live on TV

Magneto
Magneto

Now we know why Arsenal have been reluctant to buy players from Lyon
in recent years.

Papas
Papas

No one knows who the Lyon Manager is but everyone knows who this tool is…he’s never off the TV in France…he used to wear a handle bar moustache that made him look AND sound even more ridiculous …

Heavenly Chapecoense
Heavenly Chapecoense

Hélas! Las de lassant Aulas et ses tralalas !

Goooooooner for life
Goooooooner for life

I prefer these cunt talking, so I can judge whether it was Arsenal who failed to get the transfer done, or cunts like this who are just cunts to deal with.

DanishGooner
DanishGooner

I miss Harry too…..funnier than Ricky f.. Gervais…;-)

thw14
thw14

I admire him. He’s talked so much in the past week that you’d never know Lacazette just has 2 years on his contract and has made multiple requests to leave.

You’d also miss that we’re the only club other than Atleti to make serious offers. I agree that his tactics are why we and others haven’t been able to peel off Lyon’s best players (not because they’re not good players).

This is how a executive should be. He goes into every negotiation with the express intention of getting a premium or keeping the player. And he’s savvy enough to sign his players onto extensions at the right time to collect enough leverage.

Maybe we should forget about the player and invite Aulas on to the board instead. He identifies with his club and goes to war for it. Our vampires could learn something.

Alexstratz
Alexstratz

He’s the main reason everyone hates Lyon, the club, in France.

Igbo Amadi-Obi
Igbo Amadi-Obi

@ I seemed to understand that he said to Gerard that there could be interest from Arsenal. Apparently, Wenger’s relationship with Aulas is still strained from last summer. No doubt, Aulas isnt the discrete type. No way he is going to get along with Wenger on transfers. I foresee a very tense engagement. Shouldnt deter us though.

spinner
spinner

If the price gets ramped up then tell them to fuck off.

The market price is what the buyers are prepared to pay now, not what a previous club had offered.

Francenal
Francenal

There was a 65 million euro agreement with Athletico so using your one dimensional model of transfers (what buyers are willing to pay) that is the market price.

spinner
spinner

Athletico are no longer a buyer as they are banned from transfers until 2018. We are the only club making an offer, they can reject it and take the risk of not receiving a better one this summer.

Faisal Narrage
Faisal Narrage

That’s a a dangerous model, because that could easily apply to us and our players, particularly if clubs come with an underhanded offer for Sanchez.

spinner
spinner

If there is more that one club bidding then price should be reasonable because they are competing against each other. If it’s one club only – they make an offer and its either accept or reject.
The biggest bullshit is Wenger saying he will keep Ozil and Sanchez for the last year of their contracts (if though don’t sign new ones). We all know Stan wont allow £50m assets to leave for free in 12 months time. The only reason he bought Arsenal to make himself richer. The slimy cunt.

GoonerJust
GoonerJust

If we are realy chasing Lacazette I bet it is going to be a very long summer saga, knowing how we have done the transfer business in recent years. And we could ended up make him a deadline day signing.

Let’s hope this time will be different.

spinner
spinner

Why do we always pay top dollar when we buy players and sell our players for peanuts?
I’m sure we must have reputation for being shit negotiators, and other clubs take full advantage of that.

Rogerbij
Rogerbij

Because buying new quality players that are in demand costs more than selling players that are in less demand and that you may not want anymore. Obviously.

spinner
spinner

Another reason you haven’t mentioned, is that we allow too many players to run down their contracts so when selling, our position is weaker than a rent boy’s sphincter.

Rectum_Spectrum
Rectum_Spectrum

and when we don’t people complain just as much that we have so much ‘dead wood’ winding down long contracts.

Magneto
Magneto

FYI, the days when football clubs could coerce players to sign new contracts have long gone. Players have become much more powerful in that respect, as has been well documented.

spinner
spinner

Why do I see spuds tying down all their players on long terms contracts?
How many times did we see a photo of Pochettino with his arm round a player who had signed a new contract (at less wages than they could get elsewhere)?
If they can do it, why cant we?

A different George
A different George

I really enjoyed it when Pochettino lifted the FA Cup too.

Faisal Narrage
Faisal Narrage

Would rather spend a bit less as test United’s resolve for Martial and then use he rest to get Mahrez.

I just think we can spend our money more shrewdly. But I think our scouting just isn’t up to par, either that or Wenger dithers too much, because almost all of the players we’re linked to, we could’ve got before (except Mbappe. It seem So wenger did all that he could to convince him).

Honestly, we should’ve just gone for the likes of Draxler or even Gabriel Jesus when we had the chance.

I wonder who the next Neymar is? Wasn’t there another Brazilian in that range? Another Gabriel something?

Gooner4722
Gooner4722

Gabriel Barbosa, plays for Inter Milan, isn’t half the player Jesus is and Jesus hasn’t proved himself yet…

Crash Fistfight
Crash Fistfight

Sabrosa?

PFo
PFo

Gabriel barbosa. He’s at Inter. Martial isn’t happening, and if it did it would be even more difficult, and likely almost as much money, as this. And we still have the money to get Mahrez even if we get lacazette.

PFo
PFo

I agree we should have moved for Draxler ages ago. In another year he’ll probably be worth upwards of 100m, when we could have gotten him for about 35m like two years ago.

Crash Fistfight
Crash Fistfight

I think Wolfsburg signed him for £24m 🙁

Berlingoon
Berlingoon

His injury record is horrible. If we would have bought him for big money and he would have been injured during his first season, guys like you would have said “why have we bought another injury prone player?” Hindsight is a good thing, isn’t it?

The Limp Bar
The Limp Bar

Don’t want Draxler. Flat track bully kind of player, doesn’t have the right beans to play for us.

BidOnLard
BidOnLard

We’ve dealt with Mou before. And if it is like last time, he’ll stall till the last moment and reject when there is no time for plan B. We learned that lesson already.

Milo
Milo

Gabriel Barbosa aka Gabigoal, spent last season warming the bench at Inter Milan.

Faisal Narrage
Faisal Narrage

Perfect.
We have a good record of buying wide playing bench warmers for Italian clubs and turning them into WC strikers.

Tasmanian Jesus
Tasmanian Jesus

Hes not a wide player, but a striker.

CechMate
CechMate

I’d really love to see us make a move for Moratta from Real! I’m not sure how this lacazatte guy will do against quality opposition after seeing him play against us! He is behind OG in pecking order for country, whereas Morata is younger than him and holds more promise! Better if we can get Assensio and Isco for 150M but wait….let me wake up…

Mein Bergkampf

I know people who take pictures of their dinner and put it on fb that have more tact and privacy than this tool. Since when was all this necessary public information? I’d tell him to shut up or we’ll look elsewhere. Lyon yer bike mate!

Moscool
Moscool

Being pedantic… shouldn’t you be Mijn Bergkampf ? 🙂

Faisal Narrage
Faisal Narrage

Maijin Buukamp?

Might have to change my username to that.

Rectum_Spectrum
Rectum_Spectrum

the chinese copy everything

spinner
spinner

He could do that, but then he’ll negate the whole ‘mein kampf’ pun he is trying to achieve.

Pedant
Pedant

Mein Kampf…

Alez
Alez

Aulas might be the most tedious guy in the business

NZGooner
NZGooner

If he doesn’t get to 25 goals, will there be a refund of some of the fee, seeing as he is so confident these are the numbers Lacazette is supposedly capable of.

DanishGooner
DanishGooner

Hahahahaa……
…No!

North Bank Gooner
North Bank Gooner

Concise. I concur.

Rich
Rich

Signing Lacazette would be like a the time I order this really fit 18yr old escort Online but when she arrived at my door she looked at least 26 and no better than my current GF, maybe even a slight downgrade.
I still invited her in and took her down, my gf found out and moved in with some guy down the road, I think his name was West Ham.
Now I’m going out with that 26yr old escort, I’m convinced she wants to leave me for some guy in Spain called Atletico Madrid, even though I’ve somehow lost £25mill in swapping GF’s.
I suppose I should consider myself lucky someone slightly above average wants to to sleep with me? As I’ve really let myself go this last 12yrs.
I’ve Picked up some right average birds, I suppose it’s just the standard now, the days of banging Henry+Anelka and some cheating fit Dutch blokeare over.

Bonda
Bonda

Seems like this aulas guy is enjoying the spotlight meant for lacazette. Talks a lot!

Hank Scorpio
Hank Scorpio

Rumours of a swap deal Sanchez & Aguero. If we could get 10mil added & rid ourselves of Theo & keep the HFB. Perhaps we could bring in Mahrez & Carrasco. Aguero is a year older & seems a little injury prone to me but he’s comfortably better than Lacazette

Simon
Simon

Swap of Sanchez and Aguero is the most preposterous unlikely thing ihave ever heard. Will never happen.
Also If you think Mourinho/Utd will sell us a decent player rather than drag it out all summer and then take it off the table at the last minute you are deluded.

Hank Scorpio
Hank Scorpio

Just repeating what’s been reported. Also I assume you’re thinking of Martial instead of Mahrez. Not saying Aguero will happen. Just that if it did we’d be freed up to adress the wide positions

The Limp Bar
The Limp Bar

Why is that preposterous? Guardiola clearly rates Sanchez, and Aguero is clearly not as happy under him.

Magneto
Magneto

This newspaper “story” is complete fiction, and a measure of how desperate the papers are to fill what would otherwise be blank space in their sports pages.

OxdaFox
OxdaFox

Sanchez is in control. He can just demand high weekly wages until he gets ManCity who will pay them. We are left without many choices on what to do with him. Aguero was often referred to as the best forward in EPL over the last 3 years. If we had gotten him earlier it would have been seen as a major coup. He scored 30 last year with more limited playing time and he tried to adapt to Pep and his demands. To me the biggest downside is his age but he offers quite a bit if we can get him. I say 80% chance Sanchez is gone and you can make arguements as to why Aguero would be a good forward for us…a proven EPL scorer.

PFo
PFo

Aguero would be an AMAZING forward for us, or anyone. After the guys who have led the line for us the last few years (no disrespect to Giroud, Theo, etc), it would be like going from McDonalds to caviar (insert your favorite posh-sounding food here).
But the biggest downside, much bigger than his age per se, is his injury record: as City found out several seasons in a row, it’s no good having a striker who can score 10-12 goals in two months, if he’s then out injured for the next three, while your title challenge founders.
And I don’t think Alexis is holding all the cards, provided we’re open to losing him for free next summer (which we should be), as he won’t want to waste a year, right before a world cup, sulking. He’ll either decide to try his all for us next season, maybe even signing a fat new contract in the process (with the assurance that he can leave next summer if we don’t meet his goals), or at least he’ll agree to move abroad. We have to show some balls.
Then again, if he really does push hard to leave, and City really were willing to give us Aguero in a straight swap (they won’t be), then we could do worse, provided we then used our transfer money to strengthen elsewhere (no way Giroud would be willing to stay if he knows Aguero’s going to be in front of him).
Anyway, it’s all made up, so this whole comment was a waste of time.

PFo
PFo

Aguero is comfortably better than almost every player on the planet. He’s the equal of Alexis, even if a different sort of player, obviously (more comfortably CF, less able to play the creator role). But he’s injury prone, as you say (City may have won the title a few more times if he hadn’t kept getting injured), he’s also older than Alexis, and because he doesn’t offer the same sort of versatility (pretty much can only play as a central striker, with or without a partner), he constrains who else we’d have to buy in the market.
But the biggest reason it won’t happen is that City would have to be crazy to do it. Alexis is in the last year of his contract, and probably would like to go to them (if he throws a fit later this summer, Wenger very well might capitulate and let him go there), whereas Aguero (as far as I know) isn’t in the last year of his contract and wouldn’t want to come to us.
Plus, pretty sure the story did not originate with a reputable paper.

Stikkman
Stikkman

Aul-ass

Lovren me, lovren you. Uh huh!
Lovren me, lovren you. Uh huh!

Now you’re just being a dick monsieur Aulas.

ArsenAlan
ArsenAlan

This fella likes the sound of his own business doesn’t he? Likes to get his name in the papers in the summertime when the weather is hot, you can stretch right up and touch the sky. When the weather’s fine, you got transfers, you got transfers on your mind.

Vincent Adultman
Vincent Adultman

Summer breeze, makes me feel fine. But all this talk of transfers is a grind.

Alexstratz
Alexstratz

FFS with such a cunt president, Lacazette better start a shit storm if he really wants to come to us. He isn’t even our first choice.

Atom
Atom

I get that Lyon is trying to push up the price now that Athletico is out (looks like they are going for Costa and aren’t a real suitor anymore). That said we dither every summer and are never prepared for the start of the season which this year cost us the Champions League. To have any shot at convincing other players to come (Ozil & Sanchez to stay) we need to get business done early. If it costs a few million gbp more so be it. Dithering last year cost us almost 50m in the end as that loss to Liverpool and draw with Leceister were the points that separated us.

Zino
Zino

Is he the most annoying club president ever?

Donald\'s Trump
Donald\'s Trump

Well there’s always silent Stan.

Fatgooner
Fatgooner

If Lacazette comes then it’ll just be a case of an average player joining an average club. And with Sanchez certain to go then we’ll be much weaker up front than last season.

How can a player who is behind Giroud in the pecking order for the French national side make us a better team?

Donald\'s Trump
Donald\'s Trump

Yay. Fatty’s back.

Atom
Atom

The French pecking order argument really is dumb. The French effectively play a 4-4-2 and Greizman is their number one striker. It doesn’t really work to have to 2 small strikers so when you play a 4-4-2 you tend to play a target man (Ginac or Giroud) and a fast poacher type (Greizman or Lacazette). As long as France plays a 4-4-2 Lacazette is really competing with Greizman not Giroud for a place in the side. You have to consider the system a team plays. Adding Lacazette would make us a faster more dynamic team – he’s Welbeck but can score.

PFo
PFo

Enough of your rational arguments!!

Evang. Phemmy
Evang. Phemmy

And what has that team won with Giroud. Don’t judge a player until proven. Fatgooner is that u?

spinner
spinner

Hello Fats, where have you been hiding?

MrBure

Ahhh, Fatso’s back.

I\'m me
I\'m me

Chin’s up Fatgooner

Lord Bendnter
Lord Bendnter

I legitimately don’t know what I want anymore

Lovren me, lovren you. Uh huh!
Lovren me, lovren you. Uh huh!
gunnertron

Is he Trezeguet in disguise? Wenger always tried to get that guy. He had cool white boots in Pro Evo too.

Andy G
Andy G

“Having failed in an audacious bid to snap up Monaco’s Kylian Mbappe” – has anyone heard that the bid was actually rejected? Or even lodged in the first place?

spinner
spinner

That news has not been confirmed by either club so could be true or could be bollocks.

David C
David C

If we are going to spend this amount of money (and lose Giroud), we’d be much better off going for Aubameyang. I think losing Giroud and gaining Lacazette means we are giving up too much power/size.

GoonerBrah
GoonerBrah

Meanwhile Monsieur Wenger, who has no intention of bidding for Lacazette, rolls his eyes.

Rectum_Spectrum
Rectum_Spectrum

for fuck sake Arsene, why didn’t you just invite that guy to play charades at your last summer dinner party 3 years ago. Now look whats happening!

Non-flying dutchman
Non-flying dutchman

Is there anything in this report about a Aguero – Sanchez swap? City getting the better player in that deal no doubt but we know that he is angling to leave – Sergio is a pretty bloody good compensation. Allows us to the then to save money in the transfer kitty for a good prospect to replace Alexis

CLEGooner
CLEGooner

Son of Higuain?
Higuainagain?
Higuain part 2: The Higuaining?

Gunnerjoe
Gunnerjoe

I find it difficult to believe the money on offer from Atletico is really that high.
Any chance that we are been lied to

GoonerChriz
GoonerChriz

Can’t he just sh*t up and accept our bid for the love of god?

Rook
Rook

Can we buy mahraz but still keep Sanchez for the final year of his contract and not letting him anywhere near the first team frustrating him and his country for the world Cup then let him go for free, as a lesson for the other players (contract rebels). Something close to what man city did to Tevez whom we know it took years to get back to his best after that. This contract rebel thing is becoming too much. Sanchez is a good player yes but we played a big part in making him that, before we bought him from Barcelona he was spending time on the bench for crying out loud. No player should ever be bigger than a club or manager. After Fabregas left I now have no special place for any footballer in my heart.

Jdog
Jdog

Keep him 100% – No matter what.

Anonymarse
Anonymarse

Wake me up when there’s some actual news instead of this Muppet spouting crap

George
George

“But frankly, I haven’t yet thought about Arsenal…”

Everybody lies! Knock 5m off the price for that.

Viva la prof
Viva la prof

So we have defiantly failed with mbappe then ?

Anonymarse
Anonymarse

Anything could happen. Who can say.

Tuan Nguyen
Tuan Nguyen

Please keep him at Lyon, Mr Aulas!!!!