Arsenal are reportedly closing in on the signing of Olympique Lyonnais striker Alexandre Lacazette, with recent reports suggesting that the Frenchman has been ‘offered’ to Arsene Wenger for just £21million.
Lacazette enjoyed a wonderful breakthrough season with Lyon, scoring a brilliant 27 goals this season and assisting 6 in 33 appearances for the club, breaking Lyon’s club record for goals in a single Ligue 1 campaign. As a result, Lacazette headed off competition from a trio of Paris Saint-Germain’s title-winning stars, including Zlatan Ibrahimovic, to be handed Ligue 1’s Player of the Year award and helped Lyon to qualify for the Champions League.
Lacazette has been linked to many clubs including Manchester United, Liverpool and Paris St. Germain. But suddenly Arsenal have become the favourites to sign the 24-year-old French striker, who was one of the deadliest finishers in Europe last season.
Initial reports claimed that Lyon were reluctant to sell their young star for anything less than a substantial fee. But recent contract talks between the player’s representative, David Venditelli, and the club have broken down after Lacazette reportedly asked for an annual salary of around £4.5m to remain at the club, and the club is now willing to sell the striker for £21million.
Venditelli has confirmed that he and his client have received ‘significant’ offers from abroad.
“The offers we’ve had from abroad are very significant in terms of finances ,” Venditelli said. “Ultimatums and media pressure won’t change our demands, which OL are aware of.”