To date, Arsenal’s two most expensive signings are Mesut Ozil and Alexis Sanchez.
According to The Guardian, Ozil cost £42.5m when he joined from Real Madrid in September 2013, while Alexis was picked up from Barcelona for £35m just less than a year later.
With manager Arsene Wenger this week admitting in The Sun that he is prepared to spend “big money” on the “right players”, it seems that Alexis could soon lose his title as Arsenal’s second biggest signing.
Reports in The Mirror claim that Arsenal are plotting moves for Leicester City wideman Riyad Mahrez and Lyon forward Alexandre Lacazette for a combined fee of £75m.
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Mahrez would cost £35m, say The Mirror, who state that Lacazette’s asking price would be around £40m.
Should these deals go through, the attacking pair would cost just £2.5m more than Ozil and Sanchez did.
But would they be worth it?
If 25-year-old Mahrez and Lacazette, also 25, could bring last season’s form to the Emirates Stadium then they would both be excellent additions at any price.
Between them, they scored 38 league goals in the 2015-16 campaign. Meanwhile, Arsenal’s leading scorer was striker Olivier Giroud with 16, followed by Alexis with 13 and then Ozil with six.
Seventeen-goal Mahrez also came up with 11 assists in the Premier League, while Lacazette – who scored 21 Ligue 1 goals – chipped in with three.
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