Arsenal have made ‘further contact’ for £50.4m strike star as Higuain hopes fade

Arsenal have made “further contact” with Lyon regarding a deal for €60m (£50.4m)-rated strike star Alexandre Lacazette as their hopes of signing Gonzalo Higuain fade, according to Italian reporter, Emanuele Giulianelli.

The Gunners have been on the lookout for a centre-forward for much of the current transfer window, but have, so far, only signed Japanese youngster Takuma Asano from J-League side, Sanfrecce Hiroshima.

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It’s unlikely that the Asian starlet will compete with Olivier Giroud for a starting berth next term, which has led to speculation suggesting that Higuain is their top target after his 36-goals-in-35-league-games return for Napoli last term.

However, the Argentine is believed to be nearing a big money move to Serie A champions Juventus, which leaves Arsenal once again looking for an addition.

And Giulianelli has taken to Twitter to shed some light on the situation, claiming that Lacazette is back on the agenda for the Londoners:

He tweeted: “Arsenal: Higuain deal looks unlikely right now. Been further contact with Lyon over Lacazette but no contact on Icardi despite reports.”

Arsenal are understood to have already contacted Lyon regarding a move for their 25-year-old star ahead of the 2016/17 season, but that the Ligue 1 club’s €60m (£50.4m) demands cooled their interest.

Lacazette, who missed out on a spot in France’s EURO 2016 set-up, has developed a reputation as one of Europe’s top marksmen, with a stunning 48 goals in league action over the last two seasons to his name.

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