We have received supposed boosts in our respective bids to sign trio Romelu Lukaku, Alexandre Lacazette and Alvaro Morata, but we won’t be signing all three…
We are believed to be working hard on trying to sign a top striker to challenge Olivier Giroud for the sole striker role this season, and have already endured a number of setbacks along the way, such as being turned down by Jamie Vardy.
The latest reports claim that Lukaku has set his sights on joining us at the Emirates next season, although agreeing a fee with Everton could prove expensive, and we are hardly known for splashing out big sums of money.
Another boost came in the claim that Morata would not be willing to play a bit-part role at Real Madrid this term, meaning that the club would likely need to offload either him or Benzema, which could see another former target become available.
Then there is also news that West Ham have pulled out of trying to sign Lacazette, leaving us in pole position to do so, although he is also likely to command a similar fee to Lukaku if you believe such reports.
Of course much of this is purely speculation. But we do have quotes from some of these players talking up moves this summer.
Lacazette has already admitted he would like a move to England this summer, and also claimed his club were aware of the situation.
“Yes, I am thinking about it and the Premier League is very attractive for a player,” Lacazette explains. “But I know that to go there I have to do well this season. So I am very concentrated on doing well and maybe, after that, I will go there.
“So I know that it is possible that I will move to the Premier League and Lyon are aware of that also. There is no formal agreement that I will go but the president [Jean-Michel Aulas] knows that it’s a possibility that I will leave Lyon at the end of the season.”
Lukaku has also said that he expects to leave Everton this summer, as he wants to play at the top level and win trophies.
As for Morata, he has said that the football played in England would suit his style of play, although Benzema made a joke about the interest in his signature from Arsenal last summer, which should rule him out.
Which of these players is more suited to Arsenal though?