By Tom Blackburn
Lyon are lining up a loan deal for Chelsea striker Loic Remy in preparation for Alexandre Lacazette leaving the club, according to a report.
The Daily Mail claim that Lyon are preparing for a late bid for Lacazette from one of his suitors by making plans to replace him with Remy, 29, for this season.
The former Newcastle, QPR and Marseille striker has been shortlisted by the French club amid concern about the future of their prize asset.
Arsenal were rebuffed after making what Lyon said was a £29million bid for Lacazette, while there has also been interest from West Ham and Paris Saint-Germain.
Lacazette scored a hat-trick on Sunday in Lyon’s opening fixture against Nancy and said afterwards toFrench TV show Canal Football Club: “If there are offers that can’t be refused, I’d like to not refuse them. But I’m very comfortable at Lyon. The proof was there today that I was in the right state of mind.”
Remy joined Chelsea from QPR for £11million in 2014 after a spent a season on loan at Newcastle.
He has struggled to fit in at Stamford Bridge and is considered a disappointment despite a reasonable record of 12 goals in 47 appearances.
Chelsea have added Michy Batshuayi to their strike force this summer, so Remy has slipped further down the pecking order.
The decision by Lyon to look for other options will please Arsenal fans, who are desperate for a new striker after their 4-3 loss to Liverpool on Sunday.
Lacazette, who has attracted interest across Europe, was in fine form last season for Lyon, 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 striker still has three-years left on his current contract, so it is assumed that Lyon still hold the power over his future.
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