Transfer Focus: Arsenal set price to finalise Lacazette deal

French side Lyon have told Arsenal they will have to pay a club-record fee if they are to land a deal for in-demand striker Alexandre Lacazette, according to reports from The Telegraph.

What’s the word?

A new striker has been the focal point for many fans in north London for the last few seasons. After losing out on Lyon’s Lacazette last summer the Gunners turned to Spaniard Lucas Perez and, whilst the forward hasn’t been given too many chances, he’s struggled to make a mark.

With that in mind, manager Arsene Wenger is back in for the French international this time around, but will have to smash the £38.2m record-fee paid to Real Madrid to sign Mesut Ozil in order to land the 25-year-old.

The Telegraph claim that the Gunners have been told an initial fee of €55m (£48.7m) followed by €12m (£10.6m) in add-ons will be enough for the Ligue 1 side to sell up, leaving the ball well and truly in Wenger’s court.

Top choice?

Of course, most Arsenal fans would be more than happy with a deal for Lacazette, however, he may not exactly be flavour of the month in north London.

There seems to be far more excitement surrounding his compatriot and Ligue 1 rival, Kylian Mbappe. The Monaco star, who was crucial in the principality side winning the French league for the first time in 17 years as well as reaching the Champions League semi-finals, has been linked with a move to The Emirates.

Given the Gunners record with youngsters, and the obvious parallels with Arsenal legend Thierry Henry, it seems that fans, either side of the ‘Wenger Out’ debate are desperate to see the 18-year-old at The Emirates next season, although it would take a lot from the powers that be to engineer a deal.