Saturday 22 July 2017

Arsenal told Lyon striker Alexandre Lacazette will cost them £60m

Alexandre Lacazette is wanted by a host of clubs
Alexandre Lacazette is wanted by a host of clubs

Jason Burt

Arsenal have been quoted a fee of €55million (£48.7m) plus €12m (£10.6m) in add-ons if they want to sign Alexandre Lacazette.

Fresh talks have already taken place between Arsenal and Lacazette’s current club, Lyon, over the future of the 26-year-old striker who is set to start for France in Tuesday’s prestige friendly against England in Paris. The forward is emerging as a firm target for Arsene Wenger.

Lacazette will play alongside Kylian Mbappe who has also been the subject of interest from Arsenal against England. The Premier League club indicated to Monaco that they were prepared to pay a fee of €100m (£88.5m) for the 18-year-old which has been rejected.

However they have not, yet, given up hope of signing him despite strong opposition from other clubs including Real Madrid who have offered even more money – €120m (£106.2m) – although the deal is structured differently from Arsenal’s.

Monaco expect to keep Mbappe for at least one more season – if they can get him to agree a new contract – and will resist all offers for another player Arsenal are interested in, midfielder Thomas Lemar, because they will not let both him and Tiemoue Bakayoko go in the same summer. They are close to agreeing a deal to sell Bakayoko to Chelsea.

Meanwhile Lyon have accepted that it may be the summer for Lacazette, who has spent his whole career with them so far, to finally leave their club. A deal was in place for the striker to join Atletico Madrid but that collapsed when a Fifa transfer ban was upheld by the Court of Arbitration in Sport.

There is some caution from those close to Lacazette about Arsenal’s interest given they held talks last year and were unable to agree a deal. Wenger met Lacazette’s representatives in Lyon and two bids were made. West Ham United also failed in a series of offers last summer before Arsenal made their approach.

Telegraph.co.uk

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