This isn't exactly groundbreaking news, as we all know Atlético made an offer, and most clubs would prefer to keep their best players, but, nearly as if hinting that a departure was likely this summer, the Lyon boss also explained that if his star striker were to leave, they would bring someone else in.
ARSENAL'S chances of signing Lyon striker Alexandre Lacazette have suffered a blow after the French club's president revealed he is confident the France worldwide will not be leaving the Ligue 1 club this summer.
Atletico Madrid were set to sign the Frenchman this summer, but their transfer ban means they can not register new players until January.
"Alexandre should have left for Atletico, but that could not be done", Aulas told AFP.
"I have never spoken about an exchange between Alexandre Lacazette and Olivier Giroud". "He wants to leave and we want to keep him, but the decision is not made. If there are arrivals at Arsenal, perhaps Olivier would like to return to France".
Teenage France global Mbappe is wanted by nearly every top club in Europe after a sensational breakout season in Ligue 1, with Real Madrid, Paris Saint Germain and Liverpool also interested.
Lacazette scored 37 goals in 45 games for Lyon last season, finishing runner-up to Paris Saint-Germain's Edinson Cavani in Ligue 1's scoring charts.