With Arsenal supporters anxiously waiting on news of reinforcements this summer, Lyon president Jean-Michel Aulas has poured cold water on the suggestion that the Gunners are interesting in signing striker Alexandre Lacazette.
Speaking during a general interview with French newspaper L’Equipe, Aulas admitted that there had been contact for Mathieu Valbuena – from Turkey – and he expects the 31-year-old could move on this summer.
However, the Ligue 1 side have had no formal or informal discussions with Arsenal about 25-year-old Lacazette, with Aulas even revealing that boss Arsene Wenger has had plenty of opportunities to begin a conversation about the player if he wanted to.
“I’ve seen Arsene a lot during the matches of the French national team and he has not spoken to me. So, I do not think it is something and it seems to me that Alex wants to live this season with Lyon in the new stadium.”
This update from Aulas will be disappointing news to supporters that may have read reports claiming talks were already underway for a possible £42 million transfer move to London.
Alexandre Lacazette: Has a better conversion rate (22.9%) than any other player to score 15+ goals in the last 3 Ligue 1 seasons
— WhoScored.com (@WhoScored) July 9, 2016
The Gunners have also been linked with Real Madrid’s Alvaro Morata as Wenger seeks to strengthen his attacking options ahead of the new Premier League campaign. The club has already secured a deal for Japanese forward Takuma Asano.