Finally, some concrete transfer activity from the Gunners to secure a new striker. The only problem is, it’s not been a success. Arsenal have had a €35m (£29.3m) bid turned down by Lyon for striker Alexander Lacazette, with the French club saying their man is ‘irreplaceable’ (via ESPNFC).
Lyon are denying Arsenal have submitted another bid of €48 for the 25-year-old France international, who has become a target for a number of big clubs in Europe ever since he racked up 27 league goals in the 2014-15 season.
“Arsenal made an offer of €35m which Lyon didn’t accept for one reason alone – we will keep Alexandre Lacazette,” reads a statement from Lyon, “Lacazette is one of the main leaders of Bruno Genesio’s squad. We categorically deny having received an offer of €48m (£40.2m) from Arsenal for him, as has been reported.”
Fans have been quick to point out that Arsenal’s €35m bid was a bit daft, considering West Ham had a higher offering rejected just two months ago. We can’t know yet if there is anything in the claims of the improved, €48m bid.
One wonders where the striker himself is in all of this. Lacazette has said in the past that if he is to move away from Ligue 1, England would be his preferred destination. Given Wenger’s track record over the years of bringing French players into the Premier League, you would have to believe that Arsenal should be first in line should the 25-year-old be looking to make a switch.
From the Arsenal fans’ point of view, perhaps the most encouraging thing in all of this is instead of rumours we’ve had, for a change, some real activity in the transfer market by the Gunners. That shows intent even if the offer for Lacazette was, to some minds, laughably low. But perhaps this is the start of something bigger. I don’t think we’ve seen the end of this story yet…