Arsenal target Alexandre Lacazette was replaced at half time due to a thigh injury this Saturday, as Olympique Lyonnais lost 4-1 to Paris Saint-Germain for the Trophee des Champions.
The French striker, courted by the Gunners throughout the transfer window, failed to emerge for the second half as his side trailed PSG by 3-0 at the interval.
Lacazette will now undergo tests to identify the extent of his injury, as confirmed by Lyon’s boss Bruno Génésio, with a spell on the sidelines likely to scupper hopes of a potential summer move for the 25-year-old.
“It’s worrying,” Génésio stated. “It’s a big downside of the evening in addition to the defeat.
“Alex felt a pain on the top part of his thigh. It’s too early to tell about the injury. There will be examinations early this week.”
According to Get French Football News, Lacazette refused to speak on the matter after the game, whereas the Lyon boss had admitted earlier in the week that the Frenchman “can leave if Lyon want him to. There are some offers that you cannot refuse,” he told RTL.
Lacazette’s injury only complicates the deal further, however, with Arsenal already unlikely to return with a bid superior to the £29 million reportedly offered, the Evening Standard claims.