Arsenal do not appear to be getting much luck in their hunt for an established striker this summer.
If Jamie Vardy had opted for the Emirates over the King Power Stadium back in early June Arsene Wenger would be feeling a lot more relaxed with the new Premier League season just around the corner.
But no, Vardy picked Claudio Ranieri above Wenger and Arsenal are now facing a race against time to sign a deadly striker before their first game against Liverpool next month.
And it is a race they seem to be losing, after hitting another hurdle today with an update on their pursuit of Alexandre Lacazette.
Unusually, Lacazette's club Lyon have posted a statement on Twitter to clear up reports a bid of €48 million had been submitted by Arsenal.
The tweet is from the club's official account and reveals that the Gunners have indeed made an offer but substantially less than the fee reported in France over the last few days.
Here is what statement actually says in English:
"Olympique Lyonnais categorically denies having received a €48m offer from Arsenal for Alexandre Lacazette like Le Progrès claims in their edition this morning.
"The club regrets yet again that Le Progrès did not decide to contact us before publishing this false information that has created confusion on the day where the Group, on the stock exchange, publishes its annual accounts showing €218.1m, a progression of 111% from 2014/15.
"The reality is that the club Arsenal made an offer worth €35m, which Lyon did not follow up on for one reason: OL will keep Alexandre Lacazette who is irreplaceable and who is one of the main leaders in Bruno Genesio’s squad."
This is another bitter blow to Wenger and with Lyon refusing to sell their prized asset, the Gunners boss will have to change his approach once again or put in a second offer much higher than their first bid worth just over £29 million if Lacazzette is to become an Arsenal player.
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