Arsenal coach Arsene Wenger wants to bring Lyon striker, Alexandre Lacazette to the Emirates stadium but his transfer fee remains an issue over any possible deal. Wenger sees the striker as a perfect replacement of The Gunners’ failed attempt of signing Leicester City striker Jamie Vardy.
The 25-year-old Lacazette has a release clause of $44 million. However, the French club is aware of the huge interest in the player from many clubs and hence is looking to drive a hard bargain over any possible transfer dealings. They are not looking to let the striker leave on the cheap, according to Mirror.
English Premier League (EPL) clubs West Ham United and Tottenham Hotspur are interested to sign the player. La Liga giant Atletico Madrid have also enquired about the Frenchman regarding his availability.
Wenger knows that he has to pay the minimum release clause in order to capture Lacazette, but is also aware of the fact that the player failed to make France’s squad for the Euro 2016. This is actually holding the 66-year-old from making any aggressive approach.
Arsenal is desperate to sign a world-class striker to solidify their claims of winning the Premier League next season. Although they have the likes of Olivier Giroud in their ranks, they need a target-man upfront who can make a difference in crucial games. Lacazette could be that man for Wenger.
The Frenchman is also looking at Real Madrid striker Alvaro Morata, but the Spanish giants have slapped a price of $97 million on the player, which could prove to be too much for the transfer deal to happen. It has to be noted that Real re-signed Morata from Juventus this summer by triggering his buy-back clause.
Lacazette has shown interest of moving to the Premier League and would love to play at the Emirates Stadium, but any transfer deal between Arsenal and Lyon looks a slow-paced affair at the moment.
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