So it looks like Arsenal are ready to test the resolve of the French Ligue 1 club Olympic Lyonnais and see whether they meant what they said recently about their France international forward star Alexandre Lacazette being an irreplaceable part of their set up and not being for sale at any price.
What they really meant, of course, was that they wanted more than the €35 million that they revealed that Arsenal had offered and they had rejected. How much more we should soon find out, as Squawka.com have revealed that the Gunners are going back to Lyon with another and better offer.
Arsenal, however, will make it clear to Lacazette’s club that this bid of 40 million euros will be the final one and they must either take it or leave it. It is not a great deal more than we have already offered and only a couple of million more than they were reportedly offered by our Premier League rivals West Ham United earlier in the summer.
The difference is that Lacazette is said to be unmoved by joining the Hammers but he does fancy coming to Arsenal with Champions League football on offer. So are we about to see another striker signing slip away or will Arsenal’s final offer be enough for Lyon to sell Lacazette?