According to reports in the Daily Telegraph, Arsenal are making progress in what would be a club-record £49m deal to sign Lyon striker Alexandre Lacazette, which could rise to more than £50m with add-ons.
Well, the Daily Telegraph says that while the Gunners are keen to sign in-demand Monaco striker Kylian Mbappe this summer, they see Lacazette as a more realistic target and are working on a deal to bring the France international to the Premier League.
Even though the 26-year-old is behind current Arsenal striker Olivier Giroud in the pecking order for their country, Arsene Wenger believes Lacazette is a more versatile forward and could replace Alexis Sanchez if the Chilean leaves the Emirates in the near future.
The striker was excellent and enjoyed his best season for Lyon yet having started his career there in 2010, scoring 28 goals in 30 Ligue 1 matches and 37 in 45 in all competitions.
The 26-year-old clearly knows where the net is and that is something that will have appealed to Wenger, who is perhaps looking for a little more cutting edge from his team next season following their fifth-place finish in the Premier League last term.
That’s what he said previously, yes.
The Frenchman claimed earlier in the summer that he wanted to leave Lyon to play in the Champions League and a move to Arsenal would be a controversial one after those comments, considering the Gunners will be competing in the Europa League next season.
He certainly would be.
The Gunners are known for creating lots of chances and if they have Lacazette there to finish those off, they will be confident that he will find the net given his recent record.
The fact that the 26-year-old should be entering the prime years of his career and can play anywhere across the frontline are also attractive traits, especially if Wenger continues to deploy the 3-4-2-1 system we saw towards the end of last season.
Well, Lacazette has shown for Lyon what a prolific striker he is and if Arsenal can sign him for less than £50m in the current market, it would have to be seen as a good deal.