Arsenal’s interest in Alexandre Lacazette could yet bear fruit.
The Lyon and France striker, 25, has been a summer-long target for Arsene Wenger but Lyon rejected a bid of $38.5 million from Arsenal last week and issued a public statement saying Lacazette was going nowhere.
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However, Lyon’s manager Bruno Genesio has been quoted as saying the pacey striker could still leave the Ligue 1 club this summer.
“He can leave if Lyon want him to. There are some offers that you cannot refuse,” Genesio said. “My desire as manager is that the best players stay and Lacazette is very important for the team. I have been assured by my president that we will keep the player. You never know what could happen right up until August 31.”
With Lacazette valued at well over $50 million by Lyon, if Arsenal bid $60 million it is believed they’ll get their man.
Is Wenger willing to spend that much on a new striker? He should be.
We all know that Arsenal is set in the midfield and attacking midfield positions and despite their injury concerns in defense, with the addition of Petr Cech last summer they’re looking more solid defensively. The final piece of the jigsaw is to get in a finisher who can stretch teams in-behind and finish off the copious amounts of chances attackers Mesut Ozil, Alexis Sanchez and Aaron Rasmey create.
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Lacazette’s record of 92 goals in 230 appearances in all competitions for Lyon is impressive at just over one goal every two games and he has consistently scored goals for the Ligue 1 outfit. He’s got European experience and has been chased by several PL teams for many years, leading him to sign a new contract last summer after he scored 27 goals in 33 games. He has scored 86 goals in his last 138 games for Lyon and has scored 22 or more goals in each of his last three seasons.
Up until this point Lyon has insisted that Lacazette was going nowhere. Has Genesio failed to keep his cards close enough to his chest in this intriguing game of transfer window poker?