Liverpool transfers: Alexandre Lacazette hands Arsenal boost
The Arsenal and Liverpool target is unhappy with Lyon
Alexandre Lacazette has handed Arsenal and Liverpool a transfer boost after the striker revealed that he is unhappy with the Lyon president.
The France international was heavily linked with a move to the Premier League in the summer transfer window amid reported interest from Arsenal, Liverpool and Manchester United.
Normally, you are happy to come back [to a new season], to see everyone again…but the coaching staff could see that I was not in a good place
However, a move failed to materialise and the 24-year-old appeared to commit his long-term future to the Ligue 1 club after he signed a new five-year deal.
But the France striker is unhappy Lyon president Jean Michael Aulus opted to make it public that the highly-rated forward is the club’s best-paid player after penning his new contract.
Speaking to L’Equipe, Lacazzette said: “Yes, it is his [Aulas’] attitude.
“When he talks, a lot of fans listen. And when he retells things, seen from his point of view, it makes you think that the player is in the wrong. Yes his behaviour hurt and disappointed me.
“It hurt. I think that is a justified word to use. When you are a youngster at the club, in the town, and you have never really behaved in a nasty way to anyone, to be treated like that, yes, it hurts. I had had my best ever season, I really helped the team to reach the Champions League again.”
Lacazette added: “It affects you, to be honest. You want to think about something else, but you cannot.
“Normally, you are happy to come back [to a new season], to see everyone again…but the coaching staff could see that I was not in a good place.
“The coaching staff were expecting a lot from me. And to see that I was not in a good way must have annoyed them. It really hurt me.”
Lacazette has scored one goal in six Ligue 1 appearances so far this season.
The Frenchman shot into the Premier League’s consciousness after he netted an impressive 27 times in 33 league games last term.