Arsenal are ready to pay the €40 million (£34.2 million) fee which will trigger talks with Lyon regarding their hit-man striker Alexandre Lacazette, according to reports.
The Gunners have indicated they are prepared to pay the asking fee which will allow the Gunners to talk with the French club, however, the club are yet to bid for the 25-year-old international but has certainly lodged their interest.
Lacazette has rejected the chance to join West Ham United three times this summer and reports suggest he is not interested in moving to the Hammers, West Ham refused defeat and made one more final effort to sign Lacazette which was again rebuffed.
Lyon remain very confident of keeping their prolific striker beyond this summer and believe they can fight off any interested clubs, but, Lacazette has previously declared he was keen to leave Lyon, his hometown club this summer and would like to play in the Premier League.
French-born Lacazette has made 10 appearances for his country but has only scored one goal, this was deemed not good enough by Didier Deschamps and he was excluded from the France squad for Euro 2016.
The 25-year-old has been superb for Lyon since his arrival in 2010, he has gone on to score 72 goals in 173 appearances for the French club, his fine form saw him become Ligue 1 top goal-scorer in the 2014-2015 season with 27 goals in 33 games, the impressive striker also won UNFP Ligue 1 Player of the Year.
His finishing is a clear strength of Lacazette’s as you can see above, the Gunners have been known to “walk the ball in the net” and although Lacazette was not always successful, he certainly trusted his abilities in taking long shots and this has led him to scoring 0.64 goals per 90 minutes which is very impressive.
Lacazette certainly plays the Arsenal way and another key strength of his is passing, with the striker managing a 78% pass completion, more importantly, Lacazette has thrived in his key passes for Lyon and managed 1.22 per 90 minutes last season which is very impressive, and is in fact far more superior to all of Arsenal’s current centre-forwards.
The 5 ft 9′ striker has no real weakness in his play but the striker can be deemed inconsistent, something Olivier Giroud was also heavily criticised for last season.
Arsenal wanting Lacazette does not come as a surprise, he has very similar traits to Jamie Vardy, a previous Arsenal target and will offer good pace and determination in the Gunners depleted strike force.
Arsene Wenger, who has interrupted his summer holidays by working as a pundit for the Euros, reportedly used the coverage of France vs. Republic of Ireland in Lyon, as an opportunity to meet Lacazette’s representatives.
Lyon, who are reluctant to sell Lacazette, will demand a fee of €40+ million, but even if Arsenal agree to that fee, it appears that set fee is just an initial indication to open talks rather than a set fee.
Surprisingly, Arsenal see no problem with that, and are keen to open talks with Lyon regarding a possible transfer as Arsene Wenger prioritises bolstering his strike force this summer following on from their failed attempt to sign Jame Vardy.
Although initial interest is clear, the Gunners are yet to follow through with a formal bid as Wenger weighs up other options.
Arsenal may not want to wait around for too long, as French giants Paris Saint-Germain remain interested in signing Lacazette although it is deemed unlikely he would move to another French club, while Atlético Madrid are set to revive their long-standing interest in Lacazette, but will only go through with a potential deal if they sell Argentine striker Luciano Vietto.