Alexandre Lacazette and Samuel Umtiti have both left the door open to a possible return to Olympique Lyonnais, according to reports in France.
BeINSPORTS report on their French website that both Alexandre Lacazette and Samuel Umtiti have left the door open to a possible return to Lyon.
The duo are reportedly both open to the move in the short or long-term future, and the outlet quotes Umtiti as saying “Yes (it’s a possibility). It’s not a certainty, it’s a possibility.”
They don’t carry specific quotes from Lacazette, but the article suggests he feels the same way. The two recently appeared together in a Facebook event for #TeamOrange.
Lacazette joined Arsenal from Lyon in 2017, a year after Umtiti left the same club for Barcelona. Though they both still have contracts for another few years, the transfer rumours around the two of them have been growing in recent times.
Umtiti’s injury problems have seen him struggle to nail down a place in the Barcelona starting lineup, though he has played 90 minutes in the last couple of league games. That’s actually the first time he’s done so since May.
Meanwhile, Lacazette scored two goals against Southampton at the weekend, but he’s rumoured to be stalling on a new Arsenal contract amid fears the club are set to spend yet another year in the Europa League.
Whether Lyon would be able to afford the transfer fee and wages necessary to lure Umtiti and Lacazette away from Barcelona and Arsenal in the near future is another matter.