Arsenal have held talks over a possible move for French striker Alexandre Lacazette, with the frontman keen on moving to the Emirates, but the French club’s £34m asking price seems to be the stumbling block, according to the reports from Mirror.
The French manager is desperately doing his best to lure a striker to the North London this summer and Lacazette has reportedly emerged as the major target for the Gunners boss.
Earlier this week, it was rumoured that Wenger has held discussions with the striker’s agent in France and the latest report from the newspaper claims that we’ve spoken to Lyon about a possible deal.
However, the reports from the news outlet claim that Lacazette is keen on making a move to the North London, while also claiming that Arsenal are unwilling to meet the £34m release clause the French club are requesting for this summer.
The report further states that Atletico Madrid and Tottenham are among the clubs interested in signing the highly-rated striker this summer. Lyon are hoping for a bidding war with top clubs expressing their interest and want much more than the £34m reported release clause.
Tottenham’s interest in the Frenchman will drop soon as they are closing in on Vincent Janssen while Atletico trying to lure Diego Costa, so they are also likely to drop out from the race if they manage to take the Spanish striker back to his homeland.
Hopefully, that will give the Gunners a major boost as the asking price is expected to fall, but it’s a dangerous game for Wenger to play as it might result in Arsenal not signing anyone.
The French striker was highly impressive for Lyon last season, netting 23 goals in all appearance, but Lacazette has failed to prove himself at France as he never made Didier Deschamps Euro 2016 squad.
I will like to see Wenger pushing ahead for a deal for Lacazette or even Morata as these are the players who will straight away fit in into the Gunners setup and might just be the world-class striker that Arsenal need to end their Premier League drought.