Liverpool unable to sign Lacazette, insists Lyon president Aulas

The French side's chief insists Brendan Rodgers' men are not in the running for the striker because they are no longer a Champions League club
Lyon president Jean Michel Aulas has dismissed Liverpool’s chances of signing Alexandre Lacazette by highlighting their failure to secure a place in next season’s Champions League.

The 24-year-old ended up as the top scorer in Ligue 1 with 27 goals this season, while Goal understands that Liverpool, along with Chelsea, Manchester City and Arsenal monitored the France international throughout the campaign.

On Sunday, a report by Foot Mercato claimed that Lacazette is Liverpool’s priority target this summer but Aulas insists Brendan Rodgers’ side are not in the running for the striker.

“Your information is false. Liverpool have not called and what European cup are they playing in [next season?]. They have neither the means nor the interest,” the Lyon president posted on Twitter.

Earlier in May, Aulas insisted that Lyon, who finished second behind Paris Saint-Germain in Ligue 1, would not be entertaining offers under £35 million for Lacazette.

"We will do everything within our powers to hold on to Alexandre," he told Canal+.

"You never have any certainties in football, but we are determined to keep him here.

"A transfer fee of €50m (£35m) would not be enough for an attacker like him. He is priceless.”