After French outlet, Le Progrès, reported that the rumours linking Lyon striker, Alexandre Lacazette to Arsenal were ‘unfounded’ the media as a whole seems to be constantly disagreeing with itself.
The Le Progrès piece claiming that Lyon is finding the constant speculation tiresome is a little odd, partly because they were the instigators of some of said reports and also because Lyon themselves confirmed that Arsenal made a bid. Sure, the reports claiming we’ve returned with an improved offer could be fabricated but to slam the stories for being completely unfounded when we know that, not long ago, they weren’t, seems a bid odd to me.
Anyway, since this story came out, there have been mixed reports.
A lot of the UK media is going with the same story. For example, the Standard Sport are saying that Arsenal are ‘unlikely’ to return with a bid. While talkSPORT are going down the ‘he’s not for sale’ route.
On the flipside, we have Sky Sports’ Kaveh Solhekol still vehemently claiming that we’re not only interested in Lacazette but we’re actually in talks with him.
Arsenal working hard to sign Lyon forward Alexandre Lacazette. Two clubs still in talks to agree a fee
— Kaveh Solhekol (@SkyKaveh) August 4, 2016
At this stage, I’m honestly unsure of everything. I’m not even that positive that water is wet anymore. This transfer has been pulled from pillar to post for too long now and although Lyon are apparently adamant that they’re A) not selling and B) don’t want to reports to continue, they were the ones who started it with their bizarre transfer circus.
Could they just be holding out for a better offer? Are they trying to dampen the reports they fueled not that long ago because their striker has become unsettled?
I’m not holding out much hope though. I’m getting nervous.