Real Madrid forward Mariano Diaz Mejia joins Lyon

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Arsenal have had a bid to sign Alexandre Lacazette rejected by Lyon - but the Gunners are still hopeful Alexis Sanchez will sign a new contract with the north London side, according to BBC reporter David Ornstein.

The Lyon star, who scored 37 goals in 45 matches at club level last term, had been expected to join Atletico Madrid, but the move fell foul of the Spanish club's transfer ban.

Relayed by RMC Sport, Aulas, when asked about the 26-year-old, confirmed Lacazette "wanted to leave" after receiving offers that "shored up his desire to do so", but that the club "wanted to keep him".

"Alexandre should have left for Atletico, but that could not be done", Aulas said.

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Reports suggest Arsenal are edging closer to landing the France global, but Lyon president Jean-Michel Aulas gave little away as Mariano was unveiled.

Even though RMC work it out for us, it doesn't take much of a genius to work out who those two players are, mostly because Didier Deschamps only really uses one striker regularly, and that's Olivier Giroud, while Lyon's interest in Real Madrid's Mariano Diaz has been very well documented.

"The case would obviously be the arrival of a player capable of scoring 25 to 30 goals per year".

Diaz, a Dominican Republic worldwide, only made 14 appearances in all competitions for Los Blancos last season but did manage to return five goals.