Arsenal have been handed a boost in our reported attempts to land Lyon forward Alexandre Lacazette after the French club’s manager Hubert Fournier remained coy about his star striker’s future, The Telegraph reports.
Lacazette rose to prominence last season, scoring 27 league goals as he fired Lyon to the Champions League and talk of a move has been consistent over the past few weeks.
According to the report, we have had scouts watch Lacazette on numerous occasions and Fournier’s comments will no doubt give the club encouragement that we can make a move.
“He is still under contract and the club is the decision maker,” the Lyon boss stated.
“Things can still change. It is early July. The sooner it is resolved, the better it will be for everyone.”
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Lacazette’s qualities are obvious, but it seems as though various clubs are reluctant to commit to the finances required to prise the Frenchman away from his club.
According to Lyon’s chairman, the 24-year-old will cost potential suitors over €5omillion (via The Guardian), a figure we would not be willing to match.
Wenger has shown previously that he is only prepared to depart with that amount of cash if he’s certain that we’re signing a true world class player. Lacazette may just fall under that bracket.