Lyon president Jean-Michel Aulas has invited Paris Saint-Germain to bid for Arsenal target Alexandre Lacazette, saying he would rather sell the player to another French club than let him move overseas.
Fresh talks have already taken place between Arsenal and Lacazette’s current club, Lyon, over the future of the 26-year-old striker who is poised to start for France in Tuesday night’s friendly against England in Paris but the recent comment by Aulas means the North London side have got to work really hard to land their summer target.
The forward is, therefore, emerging as a firm target for Arsenal manager Arsène Wenger, who tried to sign him last year.
Aulas according France Football as reported on Sky Sports said: "I want him to know that if he makes an offer for Alexandre at least equal to that of the other clubs bidding for him, then Alex can go to Paris without problem.
"I am a businessman and a modern club president. Transfer money must be reinvested into French football, as I always did when we were at the peak of our powers. When transfer money is shared abroad, it strengthens our competitors instead."
The Telegraph say there is some caution from those close to Lacazette about Arsenal’s interest given they held talks last year and were unable to agree a deal despite initial suggestions that they would meet Lyon’s asking price.
Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger met Lacazette’s representatives in Lyon, after France’s Euro 2016 last-16 fixture against the Republic of Ireland, and two bids were made although they fell short of what president Jean-Michel Aulas was asking for.