Report: Arsenal close to Lacazette deal

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According to the BBC, Arsenal is close to agreeing with Lyon on a fee for French striker Alexandre Lacazette despite having an initial bid rejected.

The report states that the two sides are in the final stages of negotiations and that Arsenal is set to break its club record transfer fee for the 25-year-old.

Lacazette has been prolific in Ligue 1 the past three seasons, producing single-season goal tallies of 27, 21, and 28. He also has 10 goals in Europe the past three years. With Arsenal out of the Champions League, Lacazette will again take his talents to the Europa League, where he reached the semifinals last campaign.

Should the Gunners secure the services of Lacazette, it will be interesting to see how manager Arsene Wenger makes use of his attacking talent. Olivier Giroud currently resides at the Emirates up front, and the two have been teammates in the French national team setup for the past four years. With Alexis Sanchez also getting a healthy amount of the striker minutes last season en route to leading the club in scoring, Wenger will need to parse out the minutes in a season expected to have plenty of Europa League travel mixed in with the domestic competitions.

With the signing of Lacazette appearing complete, it could begin a domino effect in a summer with oodles of attacking options on the transfer market. Both Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and Kylian Mbappe are thought to be big-money options still out there for teams to sign, but recently both their clubs have made renewed pushes to re-sign them to long-term contracts.

The BBC report also states that Arsenal has made a play for Monaco winger Thomas Lemar, and while that was also rejected, the prospects of signing Lemar are much more bleak than the positivity surrounding the Lacazette bid.