Arsenal will need to make Alexandre Lacazette their record signing if they plan on seeing the French striker at The Emirates next season.
Olympique Lyonnais president Jean-Michel Aulas has informed Arsenal they will need to match the fee which was initially agreed upon with Atletico Madrid for the player’s transfer, a move which failed to materialize due to a transfer ban on the Spanish side.
“Everyone knows that the offer from Atletico is €53 million plus €12 million in bonuses,” said Aulas.
“That is €65 million (£57 million). As the Arsenal representatives have been told, a deal would occur around there.”
Alexandre Lacazette’s value rose significantly during the 2016/17 season, where he scored 28 goals in Ligue 1, finishing second in the scoring ranks behind Paris Saint-Germain striker Edinson Cavani.
Arsene Wenger has shown interest in the Lyon striker since his £29 million bid was rejected last summer.
However, Arsenal will need to ensure the deal is wrapped up swiftly, as Lyon’s president claims that Atletico Madrid remains a potential destination for their star striker.
“I do not have the intention of rapidly letting Alexandre go, because there is still a desire from Atletico Madrid to bring him in on the 1st of January,” said Aulas.
Losing out on the transfer of Alexandre Lacazette to Atletico Madrid would come as a huge blow for Arsenal, especially with the futures of key duo Alexis Sanchez and Mesut Ozil uncertain.