Last week, a report in The Metro claimed that Lyon’s President Jean-Michel Aulas confirmed that Alexandre Lacazette’s future remains uncertain but it seems Atletico Madrid are showing a strong interest in landing him and he has agreed a deal ‘verbally’, despite the fact that the La Liga giant can’t buy any players at the moment.
The French international, who joined Lyon at the age of 14, has been brilliant this term netting 35 goals in 44 appearances in all competition for the Ligue 1 side. This has caught the attention of so many clubs in Europe and the speculation of him sealing a move away from Lyon fails to die down.
It’s thought that the likes of Arsenal and Chelsea are also all showing an interest in signing him, but it now looks Atletico are in the driving seat to the deal so the two London clubs may now have to look elsewhere.
When asked about Atletico, Lacazette said in The Independent.:
“Yes, I like them. They’ve got great players, a great manager, a good fanbase and Antoine [Griezmann] is there. We’ll see what happens at the end of the season and I’ll think about it then. There are things, but the press talk about a lot of clubs, but I trust what my agent tells me and we’ll see…”
Despite this though, he remained firm with his stance that he wouldn’t just leave the club ‘for the sake of going’.
“Alex has a verbal agreement with a club, Atletico, so, there is no certainty, because we have to wait to see if the Court of Arbitration for Sport will lift their recruitment ban. There have already been two contacts with Atletico Madrid for Alexandre Lacazette. We have accepted the demand from Alex to discuss exclusively with this club, but the other side of the coin is that this exclusivity requires them to meet our conditions…”
Atletico are currently banned from signing any players at the moment after they were found guilty of breaking international transfer rules for their U16s, they have appealed to the court of Arbitration for Sport and a decision is meant to be made in some point this month.