Reliable journalist: Reported Arsenal target signs deal with £60m release, expected to leave next summer
By Will Butcher
Lyon striker Alexandre Lacazette is expected to leave Lyon next summer despite signing a new contract with the Ligue 1 side, according to a Sky Sports journalist.
The 25-year-old was said to have been on top of manager Arsene Wenger’s wishlist all summer, but he failed to lure the France international to north London.
Sky Sports transfer expert Kaveh Solhekol has claimed via his personal Twitter account that Lacazette could still leave Lyon next summer, despite being offered his new big-money contract.
Alexandre Lacazette offered new contract by Lyon – £80,000 a week with £60m release clause. Still expect him to leave Lyon next summer
— Kaveh Solhekol (@SkyKaveh) September 3, 2016
The deal also includes a whopping £60million release clause, which will likely have to be activated by suitors if Lacazette has another successful season.
Interest in the goal machine came after an impressive campaign last term that saw Lyon’s number 10 find the back of the net 23 times in all competitions.
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The forward has continued that fine form this term with Bruno Genesio’s side, scoring six goals in the French giants’ opening three games including a hat-trick against Nancy.
The Ligue 1 Player of the Year for 2014/15 has made ten appearances and scored a goal for his national side, but was not selected for the France Euro 2016 squad, despite being part of the preliminary set-up.
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.
In other Arsenal news, this Premier League star has revealed that he turned down a move to North London.