Alexandre Lacazette has given Arsenal a boost by revealing that while playing in the Champions League is important to him, it’s certainly not a dealbreaker.
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Lyon striker Lacazette recently threw cold water all over the rumour that he could be signing for Arsenal this summer by saying that playing in the Champions League next season for his new team was really important.
However, he’s now gone back and said that while he stands by what he says, it’s not a dealbreaker, which does suggest that one of the teams that’s come forward for him is a club that can’t offer him Champions League football next term. Cough Arsenal cough.
“Is the Champions League a dealbreaker for my choice? No, but it is important,” Lacazette said.
“In making my choice, I will look at my position [in my next club], if there are not too many players, so I won’t be benched and I will be able to play.
“The Premier League is interesting. That does not mean I will go, and that does not mean I will refuse to go.”
The 26-year-old, who scored 37 goals in 45 appearances for Lyon last season, has a price tag of around £52.3m (€60m) – almost double what Arsene Wenger apparently offered last year.