Arsenal are reportedly close to signing Lyon striker Alexandre Lacazette, with reports that the transfer will smash the club’s transfer record.
The Gunners have long been linked with a move for the French international, with Lyon publicly revealing that they had rejected a bid from the north London giants over 12 months ago on Twitter.
According to Sky Sports though, the transfer saga could be coming to an end finally as sources close to Lacazette are said to be confident that a deal worth more than £50m including add-ons will be wrapped up.
Should that deal go through, it would surpass Arsenal’s current club record after the £42.5m spent to sign Mesut Ozil from Real Madrid four years ago.
Nevertheless, it could prove to be more than worth it, as Arsene Wenger desperately needs a prolific goalscorer to fire his side to major honours next season and beyond, and based on Lacazette’s record over the past three years, it seems as though he’s ready for the step up.
The 26-year-old has scored 20+ league goals in each of the last three campaigns, while he enjoyed his best season yet last year with 37 goals in 45 appearances in all competitions.
Combine that with his tallies in the previous two years, and he’s bagged a sensational 91 goals in his last 129 games for Lyon, and he’ll be hoping that he can take that kind of form to the Premier League with him to become a pivotal figure for Arsenal.
It’s added by Sky Sports that the Frenchman did initially hope to join Atletico Madrid, but their transfer ban ruled out the possibility of a move to Spain this summer, and so it appears as though Arsenal are now ready to swoop and bring an end to the wait for a major new arrival this summer.