Arsenal have received a "boost" in their transfer ambitions to sign Alexandre Lacazette after Lyon admitted they expect to make "significant sales" in the summer.
Mark Brus of Metro quoted Lyon president Jean-Michel Aulas proclaiming he is ready to sell star names if the price is right in the next transfer window.
"We don't have to do anything, but as we have a squad valued at more than €170m, there will come a time when we have to cash in on that capital," Aulas said. "So, as I did with Karim Benzema and Samuel Umtiti, if a player wants to leave and the offer is acceptable, we won't stand in the way."
Lacazette has been a long-term target of manager Arsene Wenger, but the striker has remained in France despite a clamour for his services.
However, the France international said his "dream" would be to make a switch to Barcelona in La Liga.
He told broadcaster Canal+ (h/t Goal): "I think that the right moment has arrived to leave. I think that this summer I will need a change of scenery and [to] discover something else, still with the idea of advancing and progressing in terms of football and as a person."
Here is the player in action:
Lacazette remains one of the continent's most prolific strikers, as highlighted recently by Squawka Football:
In other Gunners news, Malaga midfielder Pablo Fornals is on Wenger's summer shopping list after his performances in the Spanish league.
According to Marca (h/t TalkSport), the rising star is being monitored by Arsenal as the Frenchman considers revamping his midfield options. Wenger is said to be considering replacements for Santi Cazorla, who is now in his 30s and suffering with consistent injury.
The 21-year-old has started 17 matches in La Liga this term, scoring four goals, according to WhoScored.com.
Cazorla has left a void at the heart of the Arsenal team, and he has been unable to recapture his best fitness for an extended period.
Wenger does not have a player who replicates the Spaniard's game and might be forced to look elsewhere as he attempts to find a balance in his starting XI.
Arsenal's midfield needs an injection of youth, and Fornals has quickly proved he has the stomach to play against Spain's best talents.