Arsenal raised eyebrows on Tuesday when they bid around £30 million for Lyon striker Alexandre Lacazette.
The reason why it was surprising was because it was common knowledge that West Ham had previously seen a £32m bid rejected for the prolific forward earlier this month.
So, after the Gunners submitted a lesser bid than the Hammers, it was never going to be accepted.
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The French club confirmed that they had turned down Arsenal’s transfer bid in a statement. It read: "The reality is that Arsenal have tabled an offer of €35m, which Lyon have not acted upon for one reason. OL will hold on to Alexandre Lacazette because he is irreplaceable and one of the key figures in Bruno Genesio's squad,” per Goal.com.
However, despite the statement claiming that Lacazette is “irreplaceable,” they have now told Arsene Wenger’s side how much they need to pay to secure the services of the Frenchman.
According to the Mirror, Lyon have informed the north London club that they will need to pay £40 million, plus bonuses, if they want to buy their star striker. Whether that amount fits in Wenger’s transfer plans remains to be seen.
One thing is for sure, Gooners will be praying that their manager decides to meet Lyon’s valuation for the goalscorer. It’s clear that Arsenal are in desperate need for a new striker this summer with Danny Welbeck injured and Olivier Giroud and Theo Walcott failing to convince supporters that they are good enough to lead the line.
They have already failed in their attempts to sign Leicester striker Jamie Vardy and, another target, Gonzalo Higuain has confirmed his move to Juventus.
With options and time running out, it seems that Lacazette is truly the best option for Wenger and Arsenal. The 25-year-old may have been left out of France’s Euro 2016 squad but his 75 goals in the previous three campaigns in Ligue 1 suggest that he is exactly what the club need.
Now, it’s over to Wenger. Will he splash out in excess of £40 million for Lacazette? Time will tell.