Arsenal have failed with a €35m (£29.4m) offer for Lyon’s impressive striker Alexandre Lacazette, according to Get French Football News.
The Gunners have been searching for a centre-forward for much of the summer, but have thus far been unable to lure a big name to the north of London, with top target, Gonzalo Higuain, thought to be on the verge of joining Juventus.
Wissam Ben Yedder of Toulouse has since been mooted as a name the club may turn to, but GFFN have reported that Lacazette is also on their radar, although an offer of £29.4m has been rejected by the Ligue 1 club.
Breaking | Lyon announce that they have rejected a €35m offer for Alexandre Lacazette from Arsenal.
— Get French Football (@GFFN) July 26, 2016
The bid is just over £20m short of the €60m (£50m) the French outfit are reported to have quoted Arsenal when the made an approach for the player a few months ago.
Lacazette, although he missed out on a spot in Les Bleus’ EURO 2016 squad, is considered to be one of the top striking talents in his homeland, and has netted a staggering 48 league goals since the start of last season.
GFFN have also published a statement from Lyon regarding the Arsenal bid:
“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.”