Italian journalist confirms Arsenal are in advanced talks with £42m hitman

Alexandre Lacazette

Arsenal have reportedly resumed talks with Lyon for striker Alexandre Lacazette, according to reliable Italian Journalist Emanele Giulianelli.

Speaking on his Twitter page, he said that the Gunners are looking at the French striker as a primary transfer target this summer as manager Arsene Wenger looks to bolster his attacking options.

The North London club have also been continuously liked with Gonzalo Higuain of Napoli and Inter Milan’s Mauro Icardi, however according to Emanuele the Lyon forward is the most likely option to make a move to the Emirates club.

However the price tag of £42m(according to GetfootballnewsFrance) may be a hindrance to any deal. The journalist further claims that Higuain deal is highly unlikely to happen, while also confirming that there has been no contact from Arsenal for Icardi.

Giulianelli is a reliable source when it comes to Arsenal and has been reporting numerous transfer stories over the summer window so far, including the reporting of the Gunners Vardy bid. However there have been instances where he got the news totally wrong.

The 25-year-old France and Olympique Lyon striker and has been linked numerous times with a move to the Emirates. He might not have featured in France’s Euro 2016 campaign but he has definitely earned the respect of his National team manager Didier Deschamps by scoring 20+ goals in three consecutive seasons for Lyon.

He was even named Ligue 1 player of the season in the 2014/15 season after winning the golden boot that season over Swedish great Zlatan Ibrahimovic with 27 goals. Over the last three seasons, Lacazette has totally accumulated 76 goals and 20 assists for the former French champions.

His release clause is thought to be around £42m which is pretty decent compared to the other strikers with exaggerated price tags. Wenger himself being French could put his negotiation prowess to good use and lure the young Frenchman to the Emirates stadium.

Instead of paying ‘£50m+Giroud’ for Higuain, if we can bring Lacazette while also keeping hold of Giroud, then we will be better placed than signing Argentinian international and gambling on having a sole out and out striker.

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