Having been on the hot pursuit of France forward Alexandre Lacazette for some time, it looks like Arsenal might finally seal the deal. According to English newspaper The Daily Telegraph, the deal is close to completion for a fee of around €67m. While a pretty hefty sum for a player unproven in England, the forward has scored close to a century of goals in the last four seasons for Lyon. Given Lyon have fallen far from their once-proud status as one of the elite French football clubs, it’s impressive that he’s even outscored the likes of Zlatan Ibrahimovic and Edison Cavani who play for a far more talented club in Paris Saint-Germain.
Once destined for Atletico Madrid, the Frenchman looks to have been persuaded to make the move across the English Channel to sign for the Gunners. With Atletico being hit with a transfer ban, Lacazette looks set to move to England rather than Spain. Reports now claim that the move is closer than expected and could even be announced this weekend.
While it might be hugely exciting to get a such a livewire talent, it surely points to the demise of the Kylian Mbappe deal. It would be hugely surprising to see both forwards join Arsenal this summer, especially given their exit from European competition.
It’s also looking likely that compatriot Olivier Giroud will be out the door. With West Ham United and Lyon themselves linked with the 30-year-old French forward, it will be interesting to see how Arsenal integrate a new kind of forward into their side. Is Lacazette to be the replacement or the partner for Alexis Sanchez?
The Chilean still shows no signs of agreeing on a new deal with Arsenal. Therefore, the excitement of signing one star forward could soon be tempered with the exit of another. Lacazette, though, is for sure one of the most exciting names on the market this summer.
It also goes to show that the fallacy of needing Champions League football does not quite hold as true as other managers have intimidated in the past.