Lyon president Jean-Michel Aulas has admitted the confirmation over Atletico Madrid’s transfer ban is “good news and bad news” for his side, the player and a number of parties in the Premier League.
Atletico will not be able to register any new players until January 2018 following the decision from the Court of Arbitration for Sport earlier this week, and it has already made a stunning impact on a number of predicted transfers across Europe. Antoine Griezmann is now unlikely to leave for Manchester United, and as a result, Alexandre Lacazette is now back on the market.
Lacazette – who is rated at around £50m by the French club, has been a target for the likes of Liverpool and Arsenal in recent months – was tipped to become Griezmann’s replacement in Madrid once United had completed a deal. However, Griezmann is not ready to leave Atletico a striker short going in to the new season, meaning Arsenal, Liverpool – and even United – have renewed hope in their Lacazette chase.
And Aulas sent something of an encouraging message to the Premier League’s interested parties by telling L’Equipe – via Goal – that everything has now changed: “This is bad news and good news. It was a very important financial transaction. Of course it changed everything.
“Alex had a good exit for Atletico, the club of his heart. I have not spoken to his agent or him as I was in Cardiff, but I had told Alex not to anticipate too much because in football you can always have disappointments.
Alexandre Lacazette's last three Ligue 1 seasons:
27 goals in 2014/15
21 goals in 2015/16
28 goals in 2016/17
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“This calls into question the reciprocal commitments that have been made. We had advanced on a possible deal. We may have one more striker next year. The solution would be for him to stay here until the ban is over.”
Get Football News France however report that Arsenal will need to make a quick decision to convince the player to move, while Liverpool have “yet to make any contact whatsoever”.
United are also believed to be looking at other targets – namely Romelu Lukaku and Andrea Belotti.