Some of the Arsenal transfer rumours linking us with a summer swoop for the Olympique Lyonnais and France international forward Alexandre Lacazette are saying that the Gunners will have to fork out something like £45 million in order to sign the prolific front man but I do not think this is right.
The reasoning behind the claim is that the French club have already turned down an offer from our Premier League rivals West Ham worth €40 million and with the exchange rate the way it is after the Brexit referendum vote that is more than £33 million. Lyon are also said to rate the 25-year old very highly which is hardly surprising after he hit 27 league goals in 2014-15 and was voted the best player in Ligue 1.
He followed that up with 21 strikes in 33 league games last season to help his club secure a place in the Champions League. That may be why the West Ham offer was turned down, though, and not because it fell short. As reported by Sky Sports at the time the president of Lyon Jean-Michel Aulas revealed the bid and it’s value but also admitted that the decision about it lay with the player himself.
Aulas said, “For a sale to be made, all three parties must agree. We have refused several offers, the most important from West Ham for 40m euros and we refused it.
“It is an answer that says I want to keep him, but I’m not sure because ultimately it is he who will decide.
“I do not want on August 28, ahead of the Champions League, to find ourselves in the same situation as Monaco [who sold Anthony Martial to Manchester United last summer].”
Arsenal do have Champions League football to offer and the lure of the Premier League, so I think that Arsene Wenger only needs to convince the striker that Arsenal is for him and we should be able to get him for the same sort of money offered by West Ham. Do you think it will happen?
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Let’s get everyone of them for depth and also win all trophies next season.
Now who is next?…lukaku??
Hahaha ? We have already done Lukaku and Wenger baulked.
The latest regarding Lacazette is that he was left out of Lyon’s team photos for the 2016/2017 season.
So he is definitely going somewhere! ?
Embolo has already signed for Schalke
Lacazette is not even on the roster for the French national team in the Euros, so why is Arsenal interested in him? He is behind Giroud, Gignac, and Martial. Lets get real, get a quality striker who can complement our Aces, Ozil and Alexis. Anything less would be a travesty
Anyone left out for gignac can’t be any good surely …the guy brings to attacking football what Donald trump does to Hispanic cultural relations
Dechamps has favoritism towards Gignac who has also been apart of the national setup longer as well. And how has Gignac been for France at Euro’s? Horrible. If you’re basing Lacazettte’s talent off of national callups, which are partly politics as well, then you should rethink and base it off goals instead. And Lacazette can score.
Of course everyone wants an actual world class striker but we’re all slaves to Wenger-World and in Wenger-World it must be a bargain or no deal. Truth is there are zero world class strikers that are available at a decent price.
Gignac is a replacement to benzema who didn’t go
Lacazette missed out to martial who had a great break through year in a tougher leauge. Lacazette is better than martial though. He is more of a Walcott replacement if he comes Arsenal
Base from style of play, I don’t think he was leave behind for Gignac and Giroud. He lost to compete with Martial and Griezmann.
AW must dig deep to find the one, and I must say that Alexander Lacazette is a shallow option.
For not making the Euros, shouldn’t we get a cut of £30M off his asking price?
We have been linked with Lacazette for quite a while now. I, like many others would’ve liked to see us sign him last season especially seeing as Welbeck was out for the majority of the season. The question is, given that Wenger didn’t sign him last season when his price was presumably a lot lower and there was seemingly less demand why would he do it now? As far as I can tell, Wenger seems to spend “big” when proven WC talent is available. This guy is far from proven even though his goal scoring record is very impressive and he seems to have plenty of ability.