Long-term Arsenal target Alexandre Lacazette tells Lyon he wants to leave the club, according to reports in France.
The France forward has long been linked with a move to Arsenal but interest has stepped up this summer.
Lacazette was also the subject of a reported bid from West Ham United but Lyon are determined to keep hold of their top scorer for the last three seasons.
Lacazette was excellent in 2014-15, finishing top scorer in Ligue 1 with 27 goals. The 25 year-old however struggled to recreate that form in the first half of 2015-16. He certainly picked up in the second half and finished the season well, however that wasn’t enough for the forward to force his way into the France squad for Euro 2016.
The reports come from French newspaper l’Equipe, claiming that Lacazette doesn’t want a big transfer saga coming out. The article goes on to name Arsenal and PSG as the two clubs leading the chase for the 25 year-old.
PSG’s interest certainly makes sense. The club undoubtedly has the financial ability to pull the deal off and will be in the market for a striker following Zlatan Ibrahimovic’s decision to leave the club. Signing Lacazette would also weaken a Ligue 1 rival so it would be a win-win situation for the Parisian club.
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Arsenal’s need for a striker is well documented and Alexandre Lacazette’s name has been a part of the debate for a number of years. He’s undoubtedly a fine finisher but the fact that he wasn’t in the France squad for Euro 2016 does raise some question marks over his all-round ability. Would he be that much of an upgrade on Oliver Giroud? And should Arsenal even be in transfer battles with West Ham United? Today’s reports give the impression that the forward is available but the club should be aiming a little higher if possible.