Arsenal fans have been given an update on their pursuit of Lyon striker Alexandre Lacazette.
Sky Sports reporter Kaveh Solhekol tweeted on Sunday night to say talks between the two clubs were "ongoing" but also paid homage to some concerning news from the weekend.
He tweeted: "Alexandre Lacazette - talks ongoing between Arsenal & Lyon about transfer fee. He now has a hip injury."
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The 25-year-old played for Lyon against Paris Saint-Germin in the Trophee des Champions over the weekend but was forced off at half-time with a hip problem. Speaking after the game, Lyon manager Bruno Genesio confirmed he was worried for his star striker.
Genesio said: “It’s worrying. It’s a big downside of the evening in addition to the defeat. This is our attack leader, he is needed. It’s too early to tell about the injury. There will be examinations early this week.”
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Considering Arsene Wenger had made Lacazette his top striker target, Genesio won't be the only manager concerned for his wellbeing.
Indeed, Arsenal have already tried and failed to sign Jamie Vardy this summer while interest in Alvaro Morata and Gonzalo Higuain eventually came to nothing. Lacazette remains Arsenal's last realistic option this summer.
Arsenal have already seen an offer of €35million knocked back but a number of reliable sources have intimated that they were willing to go higher, but that may change if this hip injury turns out to be serious.
Ahead of the Premier League's opening round of matches, Arsenal find themselves very short in defence. A serious-looking knee injury to Gabriel in Sunday's friendly against Manchester City could see him on the sidelines for a significant spell and he would join Per Mertesacker in the same boat.
With Laurent Koscielny short of match fitness following his extended summer holiday, Wenger could face Liverpool with rookies Calum Chambers and Rob Holding at the back. The Frenchman admitted he was now concerned with his defensive options, suggesting that signing a new centre-back is now his priority.
He said: “I’ve said many times that we are in the market. Of course it’s not an easy market for us. Let’s hope we have good news from Gabriel.
“Laurent Koscielny is back in training now but he might be short for next week. If Gabriel is out, Per Mertesacker is out and Koscielny not ready - that’s a lot of players.“
Arsenal have identified Valencia star Shkodran Mustafi as a potential option and were already pursuing a deal before Gabriel's injury. Although the Germany international has a £42m release clause, Valencia are reportedly ready to sell for £25m.
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