Arsenal target 'wants out' of Lyon; increased offer expected

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Arsenal have had bids for Lyon striker Alexandre Lacazette and Monaco winger Thomas Lemar turned down.

Alexandre Lacazette is unlikely to leave Lyon this summer, according to the French club's chief executive Jean-Michel Aulas.

Lacazette was expected to move to Atletico Madrid this summer, but Diego Simeone's side have been punished by a six-month ban on transfers for breaching Federation Internationale de Football Association rules over the signing of young players. "He wants to leave and we want to keep him, but the decision is not made".

"I am a competitive player even if I have to improve in all areas, I really want to work and help the club achieve its goals".

Lyon are still keen on signing Gunners' forward Olivier Giroud, who was expected to a makeweight in a Lacazette transfer.

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Gunners boss Arsene Wenger is a long-time admirer of the French worldwide, who scored 37 goals in all competitions during the last campaign.

Aulas' comment would seem to hint at a move for Olivier Giroud, who he has previously hinted he would want to have as a makeweight in any potential deal for Lacazette.

The 23-year-old has signed a five-year contract and becomes the Ligue 1 club's fourth signing ahead of the 2017-18 season after the arrivals of Fernando Marcal, Bertrand Traore and Ferland Mendy.

"For me, what Lacazette is doing is extraordinary", Henry told beIN Sports.