Lyon president Jean-Michel Aulas has told Arsenal that they must splash out €65m if they want to sign Alexandre Lacazette this summer.
The 26-year-old has been one of the most prolific goalscorers in Ligue 1 over the past three seasons, scoring 20+ league goals in each year. Last season was his most prolific yet, as he bagged 37 goals in 45 appearances in all competitions, which gives him a staggering record of 91 goals in his last 129 competitive games.
In turn, it’s no surprise that he’s a wanted man this summer as he has seemingly reached a point where has to move on to further his career, but as reported by L’Equipe, Lyon have some major demands as they want the Gunners to match the offer made by Atletico Madrid.
As revealed by Aulas, that bid was €53m plus €12m in bonuses, but due to the Spanish side’s transfer ban, they will be unable to complete a deal for Lacazette this summer which gives Arsenal the perfect opportunity to swoop in and finally get the deal done.
Arsene Wenger is said to also be interested in Monaco forward Kylian Mbappe which complicates matters, but if he is to go for Lacazette this summer, then the goalscoring record speaks for itself as he would be adding a player that is desperately needed at the Emirates.
Arsenal have been short of a striker capable of consistently scoring 20+ league goals year on year for a long time, and as they now plot a way to bolster the squad to get back into the Champions League as well as compete for major honours next season, Lacazette could be the more realistic solution to their problem given the money being talked about with Mbappe’s price-tag.