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Lyon chairman names price Arsenal must pay for Alexandre Lacazette

Ligue 1 club's CEO Jean-Michel Aulas hints the club could wait for Atletico Madrid's transfer ban to be lifted in January 2018

Arsenal’s bid for Lyon striker Alexandre Lacazette must rise to at least £57million if they are to get the deal over the line this summer.

The Ligue 1 club’s CEO Jean-Michel Aulas insists the Gunners must match Atletico Madrid’s offer as they may wait until their transfer ban is lifted in January 2018.

Arsenal will have to pay at least £57million for Alexandre Lacazette

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Arsenal will have to pay at least £57million for Alexandre Lacazette

The Lyon chief also says him and general manager Gerard Houllier met Arsene Wenger during England’s 3-2 defeat to France.

The Arsenal boss insisted they may be interested in a move for the forward, but did not give anything else away.

Speaking to L’Equipe, Aulas said: “I do not intend to cede Alexandre [Lacazette] quickly, because there is always the will of Atletico Madrid to bring it [the transfer] to January 1.

“Now I also listen to what Alexandre says. I saw Arsene [Wenger] during the France versus England match.

The prolific forward scored 34 goals last season

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The prolific forward scored 34 goals last season

Arsene Wenger told Lyon officials Arsenal may be interested

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Arsene Wenger told Lyon officials Arsenal may be interested

Diego Simeone must wait until January 2018 to sign players

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Diego Simeone must wait until January 2018 to sign players

“I was with Gerard Houllier and I understand that he told Gerard that there could be interest from Arsenal.

“But it’s premature to say that things will happen. It takes a very large transfer before. A player of that quality cannot be allowed to leave without having his replacement.

Arsenal have been heavily linked with Alexandre Lacazette over the summer

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Arsenal have been heavily linked with Alexandre Lacazette over the summer

“It will have to be at least that [£57m].

“Everyone knows that the offer of Atletico is €53m [£46.5m] plus €12M [£10.5m].

That’s €65m [£57m].

“As the leaders of Arsenal are well informed, they will be in those waters.

“The prices for a player who marks every year with between 25 and 30 goals, sometimes more than 30, is at least that.

“But frankly, I have not thought about Arsenal for the moment, because I thought that Alexandre would stay because of the failure, initially, with the Atletico Madrid move.”


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