Russian agent Dmitry Cheltsov has claimed that he offered Alexandre Lacazette to Zenit Saint Petersburg over the summer transfer window.
The French striker, following eight seasons with Lyon, completed a transfer to Arsenal in 2017 for a fee of £46.5m.
Lacazette, following a mixed opening campaign, enjoyed a strong 2018-19 season during which he scored 19 goals in all competitions.
Speaking in an interview with Sports Business Gazeta, Cheltsov said: “I offered Alexandre Lacazette to Zenit. Their sporting director Javier Ribalta said to me: ‘Are you crazy? His release clause is €68m.’
“I told him you can negotiate with Arsenal. I am sure they will be ready to accept something between €50m and €55m. His salary would be €7-8m after tax.”
Despite the agent’s claims, it is understood that Arsenal never had any intention of selling Lacazette over the summer.
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The club has since broken its transfer record to secure the services of another striker from Ligue 1 in the form of Nicolas Pepe, who moved to North London for a fee of £72m.
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