Arsenal on high alert as long-term target is ready to leave Ligue 1 outfit

Having been linked with a move to Arsenal since last summer, Lyon striker Alexandre Lacazette could reportedly finally be ready to move on.

Arsenal fans have faced a frustrating wait for a new striker, with Arsene Wenger continuing to look at ways to strengthen his squad this summer.

The French tactician has brought in Granit Xhaka, but he’ll be keen to add a prolific striker if possible, with the likes of Olivier Giroud and Theo Walcott failing to establish themselves as a consistent source of goals.

According to L’Equipe, Lacazette has expressed his desire to leave Lyon, and has informed club officials that he wishes to move on ahead of the upcoming campaign.

In turn, the club will now reportedly await a satisfactory offer before the end of the window, with the player  continuing to act professionally and refuse to push through a move.

As noted in the report, Paris Saint-Germain are also interested in the French striker, although Arsenal remain one of the two most interested clubs.

Neither have yet made a proposal though, and depending on activity elsewhere in the market, they could soon face further competition from Serie A with a reshuffle potentially taking place at Juventus and Napoli.

Essentially, L’Equipe believe that Lacazette is ready to move on to a bigger challenge this summer, and developments are now expected in the coming weeks given his decision to tell the club that he wants to explore his options.

The 25-year-old scored 23 goals in 44 appearances in all competitions last season, building on the previous breakout year he had where he scored 31 goals in 40 games to initially attract the attention of clubs from around Europe.

Whether or not Arsenal are now able to complete a deal remains to be seen, with Wenger certainly still under pressure to finally end Arsenal’s wait to bring in a top-class striker that can deliver 20-plus goals a season and fire them to the Premier League title.

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