Liverpool & Arsenal target set for new Lyon contract

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Arsenal and Liverpool have been dealt a blow in their alleged pursuit of Alexandre Lacazette, after Lyon president Jean-Michel Aulas announced his intention to offer the striker a new deal.

TalkSPORT reports how the France international has attracted admiring glances from the Premier League after an impressive 2013/14 campaign at Stade de Gerland where he has scored 17 goals.

Gunners boss Arsene Wenger has been credited with an interest in bringing the player to the Emirates Stadium, to provide competition for Olivier Giroud in attack.

Brendan Rodgers has also been monitoring Lacazette's situation in Ligue 1, as he too weighs up an attempt to lure the player to Anfield, where he'd face stronger competition for a place in the starting XI, considering the prolific form of Luis Suarez and Daniel Sturridge.

However, both Arsenal and Liverpool's respective transfer intentions could be halted by Lacazette's impending talks over a contract extension with Lyon.

"Alexandre Lacazette? We are negotiating and we aim to extend his contract," confirmed Aulas in an interview with RMC Sports.

His current deal still has over two years to run, but if Lacazette pens new terms then Lyon are hopeful it will bring an end to continued speculation that surrounds the player's future.

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