Olympique Lyon has gone out to publicly state that the club received and turned down an offer from Arsenal for star forward Alexandre Lacazette.
Reports from France said that Lyon had received a €48 million for the 25-year-old forward. Lacazette got his big breakthrough during the 2014/15 season when he scored 27 league goals in 33 appearances. He followed that up by scoring 21 league goals in 34 games last season.
The Frenchman has attracted attention from several clubs throughout Europe, including Arsenal and West Ham United. Arsenal has been on the hunt for another striker, as Danny Welbeck is out with a long-term injury.
The false reports of the bid seemed to have angered the Lyon brass who issued a statement where they shared some details, including the actual amount of the bid Arsenal sent.
“Olympique Lyonnais categorically deny having received an offer of €48 million from Arsenal for the transfer of Alexandre Lacazette, as Le Progres report this morning.
“The club is disappointed that Le Progres didn’t go to the effort of contacting us before publishing this false information, which creates confusion on the day the club is publishing its annual figures.
“The reality is that Arsenal made a €35 million bid, which Olympique Lyonnais turned down for one reason: l’OL will keep Alexandre Lacazette, who is irreplaceable and who is one of the main leaders in Bruno Genesio’s squad.”
Lacazette has 92 goals in 230 appearances for Lyon in all competitions, along with one goal in 10 caps for the French national team.