Lyon star Alexandre Lacazette has opened the door for a Premier League move after publicly expressing his desire to move to England. He scored 27 goals in the Ligue 1 last season but has struggled to replicate that form this term as he managed only seven goals from 16 appearances.
The France international's form has attracted interest from Arsenal and Chelsea, as he is a transfer target for both the London clubs, reports the Express. He was linked with a move to the Premier League last summer but he decided against leaving his current employers.
Lacazette revealed he was not ready to make a switch in his career last summer as he was not willing to settle for a limited role at any English club. The forward believes he will be ready in the summer to join a top flight English club after the end of the season.
"Yes, I am thinking about it and the Premier League is very attractive for a player," Lacazette told the Telegraph. "But I know that to go there I have to do well this season. So I am very concentrated on doing well and maybe, after that, I will go there.
"So I know that it is possible that I will move to the Premier League and Lyon are aware of that also. There is no formal agreement that I will go but the president [Jean-Michel Aulas] knows that it's a possibility that I will leave Lyon at the end of the season."
He said: "Now I am used to dealing with all the rumours. But when they started, maybe two years ago, I was destabilised a little by it. But now I am used to it. For me, it's not so hard because I was not ready [to leave] two years ago or even last season.
"I was not ready then and my goal is not to go to England for the sake of going to England and I don't want to go to a club and sit on the bench. So at that time it was not hard for me to stay here. It was a question of waiting until I was ready and I am now ready this summer."
Lyon are sixth in the league table with 29 points, five points behind second place Angers. Lacazette ruled out a January move as his immediate focus is on helping the French club qualify for next season's Champions League.
"I will stay at Lyon in January. I have some personal objectives to follow from now until the end of the season. Then at the end of the season we will see. I will speak about staying or not at Lyon," the star explained.
"The first goal is to improve the position of the team [Lyon are sixth in Ligue 1] and make sure we finish in second place and qualify for the Champions League. The second objective is more personal, it is about scoring goals."