Transfer Shorts (01/08/16)

Olympique Lyonnais president Jean-Michel Aulas has once again declared that Arsenal target Alexandre Lacazette will not switch clubs this summer.

The French striker continues to be a hot topic in both France and England, amid reports of an improved offer from the Gunners, but Aulas has returned to the forefront to reassure his stance on Lacazette’s future.

In an interview to L’Equipe, Aulas stated: “We’ll try to find a solution to make him feel good and make sure he appreciates the relationship between us.

“For me the subject is closed – there are no other proposals and there won’t be.

“We want to qualify for Champions League knockout stages, we want to try to win the Trophee des Champions and we don’t want to leave more room for PSG – otherwise there won’t be much interest in the French league.”

Despite Aulas initiating talk of a potential new contract for Lacazette, Lyon boss Bruno Génésio fuelled the talks further when suggesting that every man has his price.

“He can leave if Lyon want him to. There are some offers that you cannot refuse,” Genesio told RTL. “My desire as manager is that the best players stay and Lacazette is very important for the team.

“I have been assured by my president that we will keep the player, but you never know what could happen right up until the 31st August.”

According to Sky sources, Arsenal are preparing an improved offer for the £40 million-rated Frenchman after their £30 million bid was confirmed as being rejected by the Ligue 1 club last week.

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Leicester City’s Riyad Mahrez could be eyeing an exit from the Premier League champions, following talk of a new deal offered by the Foxes and Arsenal’s rumoured interest.

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Much like the Jamie Vardy to Arsenal saga, Mahrez has reportedly been offered new terms to stay at the King Power Stadium and snub any incoming interest, but the Algerian appears to be giving the prospect of a move away some real thought, as per France Football.

According to the French publication, Mahrez isn’t entirely concerned with an increase in wages, but rather the style of play of his eventual team in the coming season.

Claudio Ranieri’s comments in the aftermath of their 4-0 defeat to Paris Saint-Germain last Saturday reinforced those uncertainties, admitting that Mahrez is “distracted” by the news in circulation.

Arsenal, among other clubs, remain in close contact with the Algerian’s representatives, Get French Football claims.

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Arsenal boss Arsène Wenger has remained tight-lipped over the Gunners’ transfer targets for the remainder of the summer window, having previously declared that the club were in search of defensive and attacking reinforcements.

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Olympique Lyonnais’ Alexandre Lacazette and Valencia defender Shkodran Mustafi are just two of the most cited names in association with Arsenal in the back pages, with reports circulating over the weekend that Arsenal were close to tying up a deal worth €30 million for the latter.

However, Wenger has denied being close to signing anyone just yet, with Calum Chambers and/or Rob Holding likely to be in the line-up for Arsenal’s opening Premier League game versus Liverpool in less than two weeks time.

“We have not closed any deal with anybody at the moment,” the 66-year-old said. “That’s the answer. You speak about Mustafi. Is it Mustafi or anybody else – we haven’t concluded anything at the moment.”

Arsenal target Mustafi has commenced training with Valencia’s first team this week, despite rumours that he’d train alone, meanwhile Marca claim the La Liga club is plotting a move for Deportivo de La Coruña centre back Sidnei as a potential replacement for the German.

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