PSG 'not rich enough' to buy Lyon's Alexandre Lacazette and Nabil Fekir
Paris Saint-Germain are "not rich enough" to be able to sign Lyon's star duo Alexandre Lacazette and Nabil Fekir, OL's president has claimed.
PSG's wealthy Qatari owners have spent hundreds of millions of euros since taking over in 2011 to help transform the Ligue 1 champions into a continental force. However, Lyon president Jean-Michel Aulas, told Le Progres that even PSG will struggle to muster sufficient funds to tempt him to part with his most sought-after assets.
"I can't imagine today that offers will be made that will make us let them go. PSG are not rich enough to be able to make us an offer that will make us take a step back," Aulas said, having last week told reporters that Lacazette was worth more than €50 million.
Both players have signed contract extensions at Lyon within the last year, and Aulas has repeatedly stated his intention of founding the club's future success on youth academy products, such as Lacazette and Fekir.
With Lyon due to return to the Champions League group stage next season, and set to move into their brand new 59,000 all-seater Stade des Lumieres in January, the club is on an upward trajectory.
"I haven't even imagined exactly how much clubs would have to put on the table to convince me to allow Alexandre and Nabil to leave," Aulas said.
"We want to work it so that our young players can come and play in this magnificent stadium, which will be the most beautiful stadium in Europe. It's priceless to have the chance to play the Champions League in this arena. Now, we are in a position of strength."
After ending the season as Ligue 1's leading scorer with 27 goals, Lacazette, who turns 24 on Thursday, has been linked to a host of clubs, notably PSG and Liverpool. Fekir, 21, has also attracted attention for his displays in an impressive breakthrough season in the French top flight.