Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has decided to loosen the strings of his purse a little in order to land Olympique Lyon forward Alexandre Lacazette this summer. According to reports in Squawka, the boss has decided to table an improved bid of £33.7m for the player, and it is understood that he may not spend any further on him.
The Ligue 1 giants are believed to have already rejected the north Londoners’ opening offer of £29.5m for the highly rated striker. And while Wenger’s new offer is a significant improvement on his earlier one, it still falls considerably short of Lyon’s demands of £40m, plus bonuses, for their player.
The Gunners are known to have become desperate for a new striker this summer after having lost on out on the race to sign Gonzalo Higuain, with Jamie Vardy being deemed unattainable, and with Romelu Lukaku and Alvaro Morata known to be too expensive. However, despite Arsenal’s need, Wenger, it seems, is refusing to budge from his miserly stance in the transfer market, and that too during a time when the market values of players are being inflated manifold.
Lacazette, meanwhile, is also known to have the likes of West Ham United and Atletico Madrid hot on his trail, which is why the Gunners will have to make a move for him soon.