Arsenal end interest in Ligue 1 scoring machine due to £42m fee

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Even though Marseille striker Alexandre Lacazette has been one of France’s most consistent scoring threats over the last few years, it doesn’t look like he’ll be joining his countryman Olivier Giroud at Emirates Stadium next season.

According to the Metro, Arsenal have ended their pursuit of the 25-year-old striker over Marseille’s £42 million asking fee. Such a fee would have challenged the club-record fee paid to Real Madrid for playmaker Mesut Ozil in 2013.

Lacazette recorded his second straight season with at least 20 league goals scored. The year before, he beat Andre Pierre-Gignac and  Zlatan Ibrahimovic to the Ligue 1 Golden Boot after netting 27 times.

On the international level, Lacazette has been capped 10 times for France and scored once in a friendly against Denmark. Despite scoring 76 goals in all competitions over the last three seasons, he was not included in France’s Euro 2016 roster.

Arsenal have made one expensive transfer pickup so far this summer, landing Granit Xhaka from Borussia Monchengladbach. They have also brought in Japanese forward Takuma Asano.

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