One of the biggest regrets for Arsene Wenger, the Arsenal manager was missing out on most of his top transfer targets this season.
French international Alexandre Lacazette, who established himself as one of the most prolific goal scorers in Europe over the last couple of years, is one of many that got away.
The Lyon striker has scored more than 20 goals in the last couple of season and has started the new campaign on a high.
He is currently highest goal scorer in Europe with 6 goals in the first three games but picked up an injury in Lyon’s 3-1 defeat against Bordeaux due to an injury.
Wenger wanted the 25-year old to move to the Emirates this summer and was ready to meet his valuation but Lyon were not ready to sell which left the Gunners without an option but to look at other options.
However, the French outfit have been dealt a huge blow today when Lacazette reportedly rejected a contract extension with the club.
According to Le10 Sport, Lacazette is now offered a £100,000-a-week on his new contract that wills see him stay with the club till 2021.
The 25-year old’s current contract with the club runs till 2019 and there is no hurry for the League 1 outfit but it is understood that Lacazette has rejected the offer this early in the season.
It is however revealed that Lacazette is happy at Lyon and that he is ready to commit to the long term only on one condition.
According to reports, the 25-year old in-form striker is happy with the wages in his new contract which is a club record but wants a ‘fair price’ clause in his contract that will see him make a move away from the club if one of the European giants come calling next summer.
Arsene Wenger, was ready to spend big on the 25-year old this summer but Lyon’s asking price was way over the top and Wenger was not ready to over pay for his target.
But if Lacazette signs the new contract with the fair price clause, Wenger may be able to get his man at a price that he is properly valued.
It will be interesting to see what the French international will do with his situation at the club but with the current contract running till 2019, it is hard to see him rush into a decision in the next few day.
Do you think Wenger can get his hands on Lacazette next summer?