We have now officially entered the last month of the summer transfer window and that means that Arsenal have 31 days in order to do all their remaining business before the market shuts for another few months. Arsenal need to make sure they are satisfied with how, who, when and where they have invested their money into and it would be a great shame to miss out on a player over a few extra pennies (in the mind of a football club)
Arsenal famously had a bid rejected last week believed to be in the excess of £29 million after Lyon confirmed the approach in an official club statement. They stated that Lacazette was irreplaceable and a key member of the Lyon squad, suggesting that he was not for sale and that the Frenchman would be another player for Wenger to miss out on this summer. However things seem to have developed ever so slightly in the past week, as Lacazette has reportedly shown frustrations over the move and current rumours suggest that he is looking towards a move to the Premier League, having spent his entire career so far in Ligue 1.
Lacazette’s apparent frustration will have caused some concern to Lyon and it seems like the Frenchman may have convinced his club that letting him move on is in the best interests of all parties. Lacazette’s manager at Lyon, Bruno Genesio, has admitted that although he wants Lacazette to remain, that his star striker could still leave the club this summer if the right bid comes in.
Genesio stated: ‘He can leave if Lyon want him to. There are some offers that you cannot refuse. My desire as manager is that the best players stay and Lacazette is very important for the team. I have been assured by my president that we will keep the player. You never know what could happen right up until the 31st August.’
It seems that although the French side remain confident of keeping the 25 year old on their books, it is apparent that if it is in the players interest to leave and a suitable offer is submitted, then they will consider selling the frontman. At £29 million, it does seem a little pricey for Arsenal’s structure on transfer fees, however in today’s current market £25 million doesn’t even buy you Troy Deeney, so perhaps Arsenal should bump their offer up to around £35 million and see if Lyon budge. As its at the point where it seems to be Lacazette or nobody when it comes to well known striking talents, the £35 million in a desperate situation may be a worthwhile investment. Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger has openly stated that he is still looking to invest in the market before the window closes on the 31st August and even though there’s still a month away, Le Prof will need to act quickly to get reinforcements ahead of the season opener against Liverpool.