Arsenal are close to signing Lyon striker Alexandre Lacazette and are set to arrange a meeting next week to finalize the £44 million, according to reports.
The French striker was on the verge of joining Spanish club Atletico Madrid but the move cannot happen as Los Rojiblancos are set to serve transfer ban this summer which will not see them sign any new players until January.
The ban served as a blessing in disguise for Gunners as they are now in pole position to land the Frenchman before the end of summer transfer window. However, Lacazette is still mulling over the move as the talks between Lyon and Arsenal accelerating in the recent days.
Arsene Wenger is desperate to add a top class striker to his roster which he has been lacking since the departure of Robin van Persie to Manchester United in 2012. The French tactician has vowed to spend big this summer as he is set to form a squad that will challenge for Premier League title next season.
French media outlet RMC claims that Lacazette is close to a move to Emirates, whereas another French newspaper L’Equipe added that Wenger had already spoke to the 26-year old.
The Gunners are desperate to make new additions to their roster before the new season as there are doubts over the future of Olivier Giroud and Alexis Sanchez at the club.
Giroud is frustrated over the lack of playing time in the past season and is looking for a new club for more game time. He might even lesser game time in the upcoming season which could seriously hamper his chances of making it to the national squad for 2018 World Cup if he decides to stay. On the other hand, Alexis Sanchez has been reluctant to sign a new deal with the club despite moving into the final year of his contract.
Lacazette would be an ideal player to sign for Wenger as the French striker is in terrific form last season scoring 37 goals in all competitions for Lyon. He had also drawn interest from Manchester United but Jose Mourinho is currently looking to sign Real Madrid striker Alvaro Morata.