Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has met Alexandre Lacazette’s agent to discuss a move to the Emirates Stadium but will now have to look for another striker as the Gunners are not willing to match £40m+ asking price, according to the reports from Mirror.
The French manager is on the look-out for another striker, after knowing that they will be without Danny Welbeck for the majority of next season due to a serious knee injury. The North London club have been forced to search for alternatives after Leicester star striker Jamie Vardy snubbed a move to the Emirates in the favour to remain at Kings Power Stadium.
In recent weeks, we have been linked with few players and reports claim that we are on the raid of signing a highly rated Japanese international Takuma Asano from Sanfreece Hiroshima.
However, Wenger is expected to lure a more experienced striker and the likes of Alvaro Morata and Gonzalo Higuain have been linked with a potential move to the Emirates Stadium this summer, with Lacazette topping the priority list.
The reports further claim that Wenger has met the French international’s agent last week to discuss a potential move to the North London but Lyon’s £40m+ asking price is proving too expensive as it’s way above our valuation.
In today’s crazy transfer I personally think Lacazette is worth such amount as his pace, clever movement, brilliant technique and better-quality finishing would make him the perfect foil for Ozil’s vision in the final third.
Liverpool bought Christian Benteke for £30m and Sadio Mane at £35m, this makes it obvious why Lyon is asking for such a huge amount for Lacazette – who netted 75 goals in France over the past three seasons.
I don’t think he’s still among the top strikers in Europe but there are lack of forward in the market this summer. Napoli are requesting huge amounts of money for Higuain and top Europe clubs are after Morata so we can understand why Wenger is emphasizing on Lacazette.
Let wait and see what comes out of this speculation whether we will be able to agree a deal with Lyon but I will be very disappointed if the transfer window closes before Wenger actually signs a striker.