Arsenal holds positive talks with inform French striker
Arsenal have reportedly held further talks with French club Lyon regarding the availability of striker Alexandre Lacazette.
Manchester United also tried their hands to secure the service of this French attacker in the last summer transfer window but the deal didn’t materialise.
This latest claim comes from Italian football journalist Emanuele Giulianelli, who believes Arsenal will not be able to land Napoli hotshot Gonzalo Higuain and Inter Milan’s Mauro Icardi.
Arsenal: Higuain deal looks unlikely right now. Been further contact with Lyon over Lacazette but no contact on Icardi despite reports. #afc
— Emanuele Giulianelli (@EmaGiulianelli) July 18, 2016
Arsene Wenger is still on the hunt for a striker after being snubbed by Leicester City’s Jamie Vardy.
The Gunners have been linked with Higuain over the past 2-3 transfer windows, who scored a Serie A record 36 goals last season, but Napoli have made their point clear, they will only sell the Argentine if his 79-million-euro release clause is met.
Meanwhile, reports in Italy suggested Wenger has been in contacts with Icardi’s wife and agent Wanda Nara but Giulianelli says it’s not true.
Arsenal boss has so far tried to use several intermediaries to find out the availability of Lacazette but, according to a report from Get French Football News, he was put off by Lyon’s £42m valuation.
However, Giulianelli thinks more discussions have since taken place regarding a move for the Frenchman.
He tweeted “Arsenal: Higuain deal looks unlikely right now.
“Been further contact with Lyon over Lacazette but no contact on Icardi despite reports.”
Giulianelli has previously made a host of bold Arsenal transfer predictions on Twitter over the past few months.
He even reported the signing of Granit Xhaka weeks before it actually happened but other claims such as the Gunners chasing Tottenham star Dele Alli have remained misfired ones.
But the most important question is can Lacazette survive in Premier League?
This is the biggest question mark over Lacazette’s head. Under former Lyon manager Hubert Fournier, he found success playing in a two-man attack, with trickery and pace around him. He likes to drift left, turn to face goal and create little triangles – about as far removed from a target man as you can get from a No.9.
After Genesio took over in January last season, Lyon reverted back to playing three up front and Lacazette has had to adapt – which he has done magnificently. However, as much as he now remains the focal point of the attack, everything is played in triangles up there.
With young forwards Maxwell Cornet and Rachid Ghezzal alongside, the style suits him.
Besides, one of the reasons that he hasn’t played much for France is that he’s not a traditional No.9, but not a winger either.
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