If there is one thing Arsene Wenger hates - apart from facing Didier Drogba - it's a very public transfer saga.
Unfortunately for him, once Lyon published an official statement earlier this week which revealed the details behind Arsenal's failed bid for Alexandre Lacazette, any chance of keeping this pursuit quiet became impossible.
The Arsenal boss is finding the search for a new striker incredibly difficult this summer and despite Lyon's president claiming otherwise, Wenger has not given up on signing the French forward just yet.
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According to The Telegraph, the Gunners have been preparing an improved offer since their initial £29.3 million bid was rejected and have now decided the next price they hope will tempt Lacazette's employers to sell up.
If the report is to be believed, Arsenal are set to test Lyon's resolve with an offer worth £35 million.
The update comes less than a day after Lyon's president, Jean-Michel Aulas, told L'Equipe that he did not expect Wenger's pursuit of the 25-year-old to continue after the first rejection.
Aulas is set for a little surprise over the weekend then if Arsenal do indeed come back for a second bite of the cherry.
An increase of £5.7 million is unlikely to receive a different response given how highly the Ligue 1 side rate Lacazette.
Even more of a concern to Wenger though, will be the emergence of Paris Saint-Germain as another interested party.
The French champions are never shy to splash the cash and L'Equipe claim Lacazette is a target of Unai Emery, who wants to give Edinson Cavani some support following the summer departure of Zlatan Ibrahimovic.
Based on the recent past, Arsenal are unlikely to cough up too much beyond their valuation of Lacazette and therefore will be praying they do not get drawn into a two-way fight for the striker's signature.
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