Arsenal have reportedly been told that a transfer fee of €55m (£48.7m) plus €12m (£10.6m) in add-ons will be an adequate starting offer to complete the signing of Lyon striker Alexandre Lacazette this summer.

The 26-year-old forward has been on the Gunners’ transfer radar for a number of seasons now and with interested suitors also monitoring his situation, it’s important that Arsenal act quickly if they are to bolster their attacking options ahead of the new campaign in August.

Wenger tried and failed to sign the Lyon man twelve months ago, though the Ligue 1 side are resigned to losing their key man this time around.

A deal to join La Liga side Atlético Madrid was in place, though this move collapsed as Atleti’s transfer ban was upheld by the Court of Arbitration, meaning any signed players will not be able to feature competitively until January 2018.

Wenger reportedly met Lacazette’s representatives in Lyon last summer, following France’s Euro 2016 last-16 fixture against the Republic of Ireland. However, the club’s bids for Lacazette were seen as too low with president Jean-Michel Aulas’ valuation believed to be a higher price. The Lyon president wants £60m this summer, reports the Telegraph.

Meanwhile, a Spanish report by has stated the Frenchman is a possible replacement for Alexis Sánchez, who could be joining Manchester City this summer.

Despite previous comments confirming the club’s talisman would not be sold regardless of his contract situation, Arsenal could be forced to potentially raise their offer for the striker to €80m in total as they’re keen to speed up negotiations and avoid losing out on another transfer target with rivals emerging.