Arsenal are set to make an improved offer of over €40 million for Lyon forward Alexandre Lacazette according to l’Equipe (via Get French Football News).
It emerged yesterday that Arsenal had a €35 million bid for Lacazette rejected. Lyon took to Twitter to tell the world of Arsenal’s bid in a move which was certainly out of the ordinary (via Lyon).
Although the statement does not specifically say when Arsenal’s €35 million offer was placed, it does state that the club will do everything to keep the player who is “irreplaceable” and “one of the main leaders of Bruno Genesio’s group.” West Ham United made a number of bids for the striker earlier in the summer which were all promptly rejected, so it’s unlikely that Lyon will accept this new offer from Arsenal.
It is also important to note that Lyon have already sold a key player this summer. Samuel Umtiti left the club for FC Barcelona in a deal worth around €25 million (via Sky Sports) and Corentin Tolisso is also close to an exit from the French club. The midfielder is the subject of a £25 million transfer to Napoli (via The Telegraph).
The l’Equipe story comes from journalist Bilel Ghazi who claims that the bid will be ‘over’ €40 million. It’s unclear how far over’ that will be but The Mirror claims that Lacazette would be allowed to leave for a figure of around €48 million, or £40 million. That price would fall just short of the club record £42.5 million which Arsenal spent on Mesut Ozil in 2013 (via The Mirror).
In a world where Michy Batshuayi is sold for £33 million and £25 million bids for Troy Deeney are rejected, perhaps £40 million for Lacazette isn’t the worst deal out there. It has been a problem position for Arsenal since the departure of Robin Van Persie in 2012, and Lacazette would undoubtedly improve the Arsenal squad.