It looks like Arsenal are finally getting close to landing the world class striker we have all been waiting for for many long years, with the news that Arsene Wenger and the Lyon president, Jean-Michel Aulas, have had meetings this week and are close to reaching an agreement on the transfer fee for Alexandre Lacazette.
The price is expected to be around £44m which would be a record for the Gunners, although it’s just a couple of million more than Arsenal paid Real Madrid for Mesut Ozil. As we all know there was an agreement in place for Lacazette to move to Atletico Madrid this summer until the Spanish giant’s transfer ban scuppered the deal allowing Wenger to jump in and hijack the deal.
Lacazette is currently on holiday, but is believed to be keen on a move to the Premier League, but it must be a club where he will be first-choice striker as he is desperate to play for France in next year’s World Cup Finals in Russia. Talks about personal terms are expected to begin in earnest when the 26 year-old returns from his summer break.
This deal will almost certainly mean that Olivier Giroud will leave Arsenal, as he also needs regular first team action if he is to maintain his place as Didier Deschamps main hitman, with competition arriving from Lacazette and Mbappe.
In France Lacazette has a great average record of a goal every second game for Lyon, but last year he improved immensely and scored an incredible 28 goals in 30 League appearances. He could be the stepping stone for Arsenal to finally lift the Premier League trophy after 14 barren years.
Onwards and Upwards!