Date: 17th May 2017 at 6:45pm
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Arsenal face a major rebuilding task this summer as they look to assemble a side capable of challenging for the biggest honours next season and they’ve been handed a huge boost by a club official from a top European club.

Lyon chairman Jean-Michel Aulas has discussed the possibility of long-term Arsenal target Alexandre Lacazette leaving the French side this summer, with The Liverpool Echo quoting the club official as confirming an exit could occur.

“If the club of Alex’s heart is capable of matching our demands, like Barcelona with Samuel Umtiti last year, then things will go well. Otherwise, it also depends on any other outgoing transfers.”

“If other players feel Lyon are not big enough for them, we will look for players who are equally strong and have the right mindset. We will not remain inactive on the transfer market. If some players leave, we will re-invest that money in the squad.”

Lacazette has impressed once again this season, scoring 26 goals in the Ligue 1 campaign, but Lyon fell way short of challenging for the league title and are braced for an absence from the Champions League next season.

The 25-year-old striker has aspirations of making France’s World Cup squad next summer and needs to be playing at the highest level to boost his chances of making Didier Deschamps’ side, which increases the likelihood of a summer sale.