ARSENAL are close to completing the capture of prolific Lyon striker Alexandre Lacazette who, according to Sky Sports, is in London today undergoing a medical.
The Gunners had an original bid of £39million turned down by the French club who now appear to have accepted a second offer in the region of £44million.
If the deal goes through, as expected, it raises further questions over the future of Alexis Sanchez.
After the Chilean and his international pals had lost out to Germany in the final of the Confederations Cup, Sanchez told reporters he had made his mind up.
But he wasn’t prepared to say what that decision was. Will he stay; will he go?
Arsenal fans certainly hope he will commit his future to the club, like Mesut Ozil, even though he is in the last year of his contract.
As for the possible signing of 26-year-old French international Lacazette, we understand talks are at an advanced stage – and we should have confirmation, either way, in the next 24 hours.
If the deal does go through, it would make Lacazette the Gunners’ record signing – surpassing the £42.5 million they paid Real Madrid for Ozil in 2013.
However, it has been widely reported that a deal for Monaco’s 21-year-old midfielder Thomas Lemar is less likely after an initial bid was turned down by the French club.
Arsenal are expected to go back with an improved bid as they await a decision from Sanchez who told reporters he was ‘clear’ about what he wanted to do. But added: “I still cannot tell you.”
Sounds like the Arsene Wenger saga all over again. And we know what happened there.