Lyon striker Alexander Lacazette finally looks to be on his way to the Emirates this summer, with various reports suggesting the two parties are just days away from officially completing the deal.
According to BBC Sport’s David Ornstein, Arsenal are closer than they’ve ever been to finalising the deal to sign Lacazette and will be paying a club record fee to procure his signature.
Arsenal are close to agreeing a deal to sign Lyon striker Alexandre Lacazette. Negotiations continuing, expected to be club record fee #AFC
— David Ornstein (@bbcsport_david) June 30, 2017
It’s potentially a game-changing signing given how many goals he could bring to the Arsenal attack. Lacazette scored an impressive 28 goals in 30 Ligue 1 appearances last season, taking his Lyon tally to 129 goals in 229 starts in all competitions.
Should Arsenal retain Alexis Sanchez (31 goals, 13 assists in all competitions last season) and Mesut Ozil (14 goals, 13 assists in all competitions last season) to operate behind the lone striker, Arsene Wenger’s men will have one of the most fearsome attacks in the Premier League.
Lacazette’s potential £44m arrival won’t be good news for Olivier Giroud, however. The French centre-forward thought his outstanding return of 12 goals in 11 Premier League starts last season would see him return to the starting eleven.
But Arsenal’s pursuit of Lacazette, as well as the Gunners being linked with a host of strikers this summer, suggests the 26-year-old will be brought in as Giroud’s successor.