Arsenal have been boosted in their pursuit of Olympique Lyon striker Alexandre Lacazette, with the Ligue 1 side known to have finally become ready to sell him. However, as per reports in The Daily Mirror, the north London giants will have to splash out at least £40m, plus bonuses, in order to bring the player to the Emirates Stadium and succeed in their endeavours.
It is believed that the Gunners have already failed with a £29.3m offer for the player, with West Ham United having also had a bid of around £32m rejected for him. Additionally, Lyon themselves would prefer to hold on to Lacazette this summer, with the side known to be considering him ‘irreplaceable’.
Meanwhile, it is also reported that the Ligue1 giants had declared their terms even before the Gunners made their initial offer for the player, and their rejection clearly shows that manager Arsene Wenger’s bargaining tactics are not going to work in this case.
Arsenal are known to have become desperate to land Lacazette now, after failing to coax Jamie Vardy to move to the Emirates Stadium. Additionally, with their other key target, Gonzalo Higuain, having already completed a move to Juventus, and with Alvaro Morata also being deemed too expensive a buy, it is suggested that Wenger may try to do everything in his power to bring Lacazette to north London now in order to boost his side’s title chances.