Honestly, this is absurd – if true. Lyon president Jean-Michel Aulas has claimed the Ligue 1 club rebuffed a €50m for Alexandre Lacazette from West Ham this summer.
Lacazette was massively linked with moves to several European sides, with Arsenal more keen, and the North London club and West Ham reportedly made bids for the French striker. Sportsbetting Odds actually favoured Arsenal to sign the highly rated striker but it appears West Ham were also keen and ready to really take on Arsenal in a bidding war.
Lyon felt the need to go public that they have knocked back Arsenal’s €35m offer for Lacazette – who is now injured – and they appeared to suggest they could have let the 25-year old move to the Emirates, had the Gunners offered €48m. But Arsenal did not return with any more bids.
And Aulas has now said West Ham also tried to purchase the striker for €50m, which Lyon rejected.
“We turned down a bid of €50m from West Ham on Lacazette”, he told French TV station, SFR.
“We have even turned down even more for Alexandre Lacazette this year.”
Sky Sports’ Kaveh Solhekol [SkyKaveh] also confirmed by tweets: “Lyon owner Jean-Michel Aulas tells French TV station SFR he turned down €50m [£43] offer from West Ham for Alexandre Lacazette this summer.”
Why turn down mammoth fees for a striker, whose value could drop in the next two-three years, though? Shows exactly why Wenger didn’t push through the deal to sign the 25-year-old striker.
Lacazette is a good certain but certainly not one in the €50m. I personally do not think he is worth more than €30m. This goes to show once again the stupidity of Arsenal not moving for the player before now. He has been available for more than two summers and we clearly knew the new TV money will make the market overly inflated why we didn’t sign him or any other striker for that matter before now can only be explained by the club.
When clubs such as West Ham can now bid as much as €50m for a player, you know there is a problem in the market. Arsenal either finally agrees the situation of things and play the market the way it is played or risk being left behind.
The race for the top four can only get tougher with so much money in the system. Clubs like West Ham can now favorably compete with Arsenal and the other so called big clubs for the best players and they no longer have to be formed to sell their own best players for money.
All European clubs know the English clubs have so much money to spend and are doing their best to ensure they get as much as possible for their best players and who can blame them. Arsenal would also do the same when it comes to selling key players. It is in my opinion hypocritical of Arsenal even to expect other clubs to sell their players to us cheaper when we clearly demand more for our own players. Song was sold for 16 million for instance.