It seems as though Arsenal’s search for a new striker is finally coming to an end.
Arsene Wenger was desperate to sign a prolific goalscorer this summer and made an early move to sign Leicester's Jamie Vardy. However, after the England international decided to stay at the King Power stadium, the Arsenal boss needed to look elsewhere.
But now, it appears the Frenchman has found an alternative in the form of Alexandre Lacazette. The Gunners have been linked with the Lyon forward for months but it now looks like it’s a case of when and not if.
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The Daily Mail are reporting that they hope to have the 25-year-old in their squad by the time they face Liverpool on the opening weekend of the Premier League season.
And now, Lyon manager Bruno Genesio has provided an update on the proposed deal.
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“He can leave if Lyon want him to. There are some offers that you cannot refuse,” he said, per Sky Sports reporter Kaveh Solhekol.
Just how much that “offer you cannot refuse” is, remains to be seen. The French club publicly rejected a £31.8million bid for their star man and it’s believed that it could take a fee in excess of £40m to sign him.
It will certainly be interesting if the fee will break the £42m they splashed out on Mesut Ozil in 2013, which is currently the club record.
Wenger previously hinted he was a little frustrated by Lyon’s statement revealing they had turned down an offer from the north London club, stating that he wants to keep all transfer dealing secret.
“Lyon is responsible for their own statements," the 66-year-old said.
“On the transfer front, I think the best option is always to keep as secret as possible.
“If we sign somebody, we will announce it but I cannot tell you much more on that.”
Desperate for a striker
While Wenger may be trying to keep any further bid quiet, it’s increasingly obvious that he’s desperate to secure the services of Lacazette. The Frenchman may have been left out of the hosts' Euro 2016 squad, but 76 goals in his previous three campaigns in Ligue 1 suggests that he is a proven goalscorer.
Olivier Giroud, who is still struggling to win over many Gooners, is currently Arsenal's most senior striker, while Theo Walcott has only struggled when asked to play up-front. With Danny Welbeck ruled out with a long-term injury, it's little surprise to see Wenger so keen to buy a striker during this transfer window.
And it looks as though Wenger can finally stop looking because he has found his man.