Arsenal have not been fruitful in their search for most of their top transfer targets this summer.
The manager has not been able to get his hands on the likes of Jamie Vardy, Gonzalo Higuain and Riyad Mahrez, three of the priority transfer targets for the club and has been looking into the market ever since for other possibilities.
One such player who has eluded Wenger’s grasp this summer is Lyon star Alexandre Lacazette.
The French international has been in sublime form for two years now and is writing his name as one of the best strikers in Europe at the moment. He was one of the best strikers in League 1 last season and is currently wanted by Arsene Wenger for his club next season.
The 25-year old has also been linked with a move to West Ham United in recent times. Slaven Bilic is also in search of a top-class striker and having seen multiple bids rejected, the manager decided to meet his asking price of £40million plus bonuses.
However, a deal crashed through after it was revealed that Lacazette wants to play in the Champions League and will move only to a club that can offer him the same.
Arsenal seemed to be a right fit and with Wenger growing more and more impatient it looked like the Gunners were ready to meet his price before the start of the new season.
However, they have now been dealt a huge blow as it is now understood that Lacazette is close to sealing a new contract with the French outfit.
It was revealed earlier today that the French outfit are ready to offer Lacazette a new contract extension until 2019 in a deal that will see Lacazette’s wages reach £70,000k a week.
Asked about the possible transfer of Lacazette in this transfer window recently, Lyon coach Bruno Genesio stated: “That is not going to happen.”
This will come as a huge blow for the Gunners who wanted to get their man at any cost this summer. They may be able to lure Lacazette with higher wages but it now looks like the player is not for sale this summer.
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