Lyon place £57 million price tag on Alexandre Lacazette

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Arsenal will need to make Alexandre Lacazette their record signing if they plan on seeing the French striker at The Emirates next season.

Alexandre Lacazette
Alexandre Lacazette has represented France at every youth level, and is now a senior international, scoring once from his 11 caps since debuting in June 2013

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.

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