Lyon are ready to make Alexandre Lacazette the highest paid player in their history as they plot to keep Arsenal’s interest in the striker at bay, according to reports from the London Evening Standard.
The French forward, who was a shock omission from Les Bleus’ EURO 2016 squad, has emerged as one of the most dangerous marksmen in Europe over the course of the past few seasons, and has netted a stunning 48 league goals over his last two campaigns.
This form has, naturally, attracted interest, with Arsenal believed to be plotting a late move for his signature after seeing an opening offer of around £30m rejected by Lyon.
However, Les Gones have no interest in letting Lacazette move on and are reportedly willing to make him the highest paid player in their history to stay at Parc Olympique Lyonnais.
It’s understood that Yohan Gourcuff pocketed £6.5m-a-year (£125,000-per-week) when he was at the club, so the strike sensation can expect a proposal in excess of that figure, which is big money in French football.
Lyon have already lost Samuel Umtiti to Barcelona this summer and are understandably reluctant to let another key man move on.