Arsenal face a delay in their bid to sign Lyon's Alexandre Lacazette
Lyon will not allow their in-demand striker Alexandre Lacazette to leave until they have signed a replacement, with Arsenal waiting to pounce for the 26-year-old Frenchman.
Talks between Arsenal and Lyon over a deal for Lacazette were revealed last week, with the French club hinting they are open to selling their star man if an offer of approaching €60m was lodged.
Now Lyon president Jean-Michel Aulas has confirmed that he will not sanction the sale of Lacazette until he has signed a forward, with Arsenal striker Olivier Giroud one of his transfer targets.
“Our position is that as long as we have not signed his replacement, we will keep him,” stated Aulas.
“He expressed the wish to leave and he was given an agreement to go to the club of his heart, but things did not happen.
“He wants to leave. We will discuss it in the coming weeks. If so, offers will be heard, provided they match the value of the player.”
Lacazette was believed to have agreed a deal to sign for Atletico Madrid - possibly to replace Manchester United-bound Antoine Griezmann - but the Spanish club’s transfer ban meant all of those plans had to be abandoned.
Arsenal are yet to agree a fee with Lyon for Lacazette, who has also been linked with moves to Manchester United and Liverpool this summer.