Arsenal have received a boost in their hopes of signing Lyon striker Alexandre Lacazette after his coach revealed he can leave this summer.
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Reports in France claim that the Gunners have been monitoring the leading scorer in Ligue 1 last season for some time, while the player himself has ruled out a move to Liverpool by insisting that he wants Champions League football this year.
The 24-year-old scored 27 goals in the French top flight last season, and coach Hubert Fournier has now given Arsene Wenger hope that he may be able to prise him away this summer.
“He is still under contract and the club is the decision maker. At no time have I felt a request to leave from him,” Fournier said, according to the Telegraph.
“Things can still change. It is early July. The sooner it is resolved, the better it will be for everyone.”
Lacazette’s current deal with the French side expires in 2018, but he has previously insisted that his long-term future lies away from Lyon.
It is unclear as to whether or not he remains a priority for Wenger, although the Arsenal boss will be looking to bolster his squad further this summer with a view of challenging for a league title in the new campaign.