Lyon President Jean-Michel Olas said Barcelona cannot afford Memphis Depay because its finances suffered during the Corona 19 crisis.
Ronald Koeman, his coach still in the Netherlands, worked at Camp Nou.
According to various sources, the striker is expected to move to Spain, and the cost of Barcelona will be between 25 and 30 million euros.
Yet the deal now looks to be off, with Aulas declaring Barcelona president Josep Maria Bartomeu personally told him the Catalan giants were in no position to make an offer.
In a Twitter message, Aulas pointed to a report from Dutch newspaper De Telegraaf that suggested a 30 million euros move for the 26-year-old was in the offing.