By Harvey Byrne
Arsenal have received a huge boost in their pursuit of Alexandre Lacazette after his club Lyon admitted for the first time he could be sold.
The Gunners have been keen to bring a striker to the Emirates this summer and the north London side have already had a bid of £29.5million rejected by the Ligue 1 giants for Lacazette.
Lyon president Jean Michel Aulas has so far insisted the France international will not be sold but the comments from manager Bruno Genesio are the first indication that there is a price at which they are prepared to do business.
“He can leave if Lyon want him to. There are some offers that you cannot refuse,” said Genesio, as quoted by the Mirror.
“My desire as manager is that the best players stay and Lacazette is very important for the team.
“I have been assured by my president that we will keep the player. You never know what could happen right up until the 31st August.”
These quotes come after Sky Sports claimed that Arsenal will make an improved offer for the Lyon striker.
It is assumed that £40million would be enough for the Gunners to obtain their man after West Ham agreed on that price with Lyon, only for the player to tell the Hammers that he has his heart set on joining a Champions League club.
Lacazette was in fine form last season for his current club, scoring 23 goals in his 44 appearances to help guide them to the Champions League.
The forward has only played for Lyon at senior level since his debut in 2010, but has been regularly linked with a move away from the seven-time league winners.
The Ligue 1 Player of the Year for 204-15 has made 10 appearances for his national side, but was not selected for the France Euro 2016 squad.
The Gunners have already missed out on the signing of Gonzalo Higuaín, and Leicester City striker Jamie Vardy rejected the north London club before penning a new deal with Leicester earlier on this summer.
In other Arsenal transfer news, Everton have launched a move to take a senior Gunners player on a season-long loan deal.