Lyon president Jean-Michel Aulas is happy for Alexandre Lacazette to secure a transfer to Arsenal but would like Olivier Giroud to join the Ligue 1 side as part of the deal, according to reports in France.
The French businessman, who has owned Lyon since 1987, put forward the idea amid talks with Gunners officials as they look to take advantage of Atletico Madrid’s transfer ban.
Lacazette was geared up to join the La Liga side before their transfer ban was confirmed, meaning that Antoine Griezmann will not join Manchester United and that their deal for the 26-year-old is off.
Alexandre Lacazette’s Ligue 1 season
Arsenal are looking to take full advantage of the move being called off and have entered talks with the French side.
And Aulas has now indicated they he would be interested in selling to Arsenal if Giroud came in the other direction, according to Le10 Sport.
While Arsenal are open to Giroud leaving, the player himself may not be keen on a move back to France.
But with Lyon reluctantly accepting the departure of Lacazette, who they rate at £52.9million, it’s understandable that they would ideally sought a replacement as part of the deal.