Olympique Lyonnais tried to bring Alexandre Lacazette back this winter. If this was ultimately not possible, the Rhone club retains the ambition to sign the Arsenal striker next summer, at the end of his contract.
Lacazette is out of Arsenal contract
In recent years, Olympique Lyonnais supporters have heard several times of a possible return of Samuel Umtiti. Finally, it was another former member of the house, Tanguy Ndombele, who came back to settle down between Rhne and Sane this winter, as part of a six-month loan. But another ex-Gone could also have returned: Alexandre Lacazette!
In its edition of the day, L’Equipe explains that OL tried to repatriate the 30-year-old striker during the winter transfer window. Unsurprisingly, this operation did not materialize. Captain in the absence of Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, who should join FC Barcelona on Tuesday, Lacazette has again become a very important element for the Gunners in recent months. A departure in January was therefore unimaginable for his trainer, Mikel Arteta.
See you in June?
The situation will be different next summer since the French international is coming to the end of his contract. A boon for Lyon who intends to return the charge to attract him for free. According to the sports daily, the idea of a return home does not leave the player indifferent. The fourth goalscorer in OL history (129 goals) often spoke with Umtiti and Corentin Tolisso of the dream of finishing together within their training club. The idea of returning in six months may therefore appeal to him.
Obviously, the problem concerns above all the financial aspect. In London, Lacazette receives an estimated annual salary of more than 10 million euros. Suffice to say that both parties will have to make a big effort for this reunion to become a reality. The Lyon leaders now have five months to find the right arguments and definitively convince their former striker, who left in 2017 for €53m, to come and shake the nets at Groupama Stadium.
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