Arsenal blow as long-term transfer target hints heavily at move to La Liga
By Aramide Oladipo
Olympique Lyon striker Alexandre Lacazette has revealed his admiration for Atletico Madrid and hinted at a summer move, according to a report.
The Daily Mail reports that the 25-year-old striker was speaking in an interview for Lyon’s in-house television channel and when asked about Diego Simeone’s side, he stated: “Yes, I like them.”
He continued: “They’ve got great players, a great manager, a good fanbase and Antoine [Griezmann] is there.
“We’ll see what happens at the end of the season and I’ll think about it then.”
These comments will be a blow to Arsenal after a long-term pursuit looks likely to end in disappointment.
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The Gunners had a £29.5m offer for Lacazette rejected last summer – Lyon took the unusual step of releasing a statement confirming the news on its official twitter account.
The interview with Lacazette comes after Jason Burt, the Telegraph’s football correspondent, had tweeted that Lacazette was not keen on joining the North London club following the debacle during last year’s summer transfer window.
One of the major reasons Lacazette is unlikely to want to join Arsenal is the balls-up they made trying to sign him last year
— Jason Burt (@JBurtTelegraph) May 3, 2017
Lacazette has been in sensational form this season, notching up 34 goals in all competitions this season and he played a crucial part in Lyon reaching the Europa League semi-finals.
Football Insider verdict
It appears that Arsenal’s handling of the Lacazette situation last season has well and truly damaged their chances of signing the French striker. The only glimmer of hope for the Gunners is that Lacazette mentioned Antoine Griezmann in his statement but his future at Atletico doesn’t seem to be certain so should Griezmann move on in the summer, this could allow Arsenal to have one last attempt at signing the Lyon forward. Lacazette is the type of player that the Gunners need in their squad to compete for the big trophies once again and he’s proved that he can perform in the Europa League so he wouldn’t be phased by playing in the Premier League. He has said he wants Champions league football though – and that could be a problem that comes back to haunt Arsenal this summer.
In other Arsenal transfer news, Wenger is set to swoop for his Serie A ace.