It seems fairly obvious that Arsene Wenger is keen to sign a top quality this summer.
The Gunners may have completed the signing of Takuma Asano this week, but the 23-year-old Japan international isn’t expected to set the Premier League alight next season.
The north London club have had to watch Manchester United announce the signing of Zlatan Ibrahimovic, Manchester City secure the services of Nolito and Chelsea move to purchase Michy Batshuayi. And, with the likes of Olivier Giroud, Danny Welbeck and…Yaya Sanogo to call upon in terms of strikers - it’s pretty clear that Wenger needs to strengthen in that position.
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The club have been heavily linked with Alvaro Morata in recent weeks while The Sun claimed that Wenger has also spoken to Romelu Lukaku.
But now, the Telegraph are reporting that Arsenal have indicated that they are prepared the pay the £34.2 million needed to trigger Lacazette’s release clause.
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The report claims that no official bid have actually been made yet but Wenger is ready to offer the cash needed to begin talks with the 25-year-old.
Of course, Lacazette isn’t the first striker that Wenger has been willing to meet the release clause of this summer. The French manager offered £20 million for Leicester striker Jamie Vardy but, after having a few days to think about the offer, he decided to stay at the King Power Stadium.
Wenger was obviously keen to secure the services of Vardy after he scored 24 goals to help Leicester win the Premier League but, in Lacazette, the club would be getting an equally prolific striker.
In fact, the Frenchman has reached double figures in each of his three seasons, bagging 15, 27 and 21 goals respectively. Therefore, Lacazette, although he hasn’t played in England, is arguably a more proven goalscorer than Vardy.
A new forward certainly seems to be Wenger’s next priority in this transfer window after he splashed £30 million on Granit Xhaka. Olivier Giroud was the club’s top goalscorer last season but he is still failing to win over many Gooners.
But while Giroud has helped the French reach the semi-finals at Euro 2016, Lacazette wasn’t even named in the 23-man squad by Didier Deschamps.