Lyon’s hopes of success next season look set to receive a significant boost after president Jean-Michel Aulas revealed he expects Alexandre Lacazette to stay.
The striker has been the club’s star man in recent years and, having missed out on a transfer in previous windows, finally looked set to depart this summer.
Atletico Madrid have tabled an offer for him but their transfer ban would make him unavailable until they are able to register players again in January 2018.
The situation had seemingly opened the door to Arsenal but not for the first time the Gunners appear to have baulked at the asking price, after Aulas revealed he would only accept bids in a similar region to Atleti’s.
Lacazette’s own comments in interviews have suggested he would favour a switch to Spain, having spent his entire career to date with his hometown club.
Lyon had been linked with a move for Olivier Giroud as part of their negotiations but it now appears those talks could be dead in the water.
When quizzed about the subject, Aulas revealed he now expects the 26-year-old to stay with Les Gones beyond the August 31 deadline, although a January move to Los Colchoneros remains in the offing.
Aulas said: “I do not think that Alexandre Lacazette will leave this summer. I do not have anything to say about Olivier Giroud. We’re interested.
Things have not advanced.” Lyon are currently priced at 19.00 to win the 2017/18 Ligue 1 title, with Paris Saint-Germain the 1.36 favourites ahead of Monaco and Marseille, who are 4.50 and 17.00 respectively.