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Boss hints at striker move amid reports of £35m Arsenal bid
According to the Mirror, Lyon boss Bruno Genesio has suggested that Alexandre Lacazette could be sold if the price is right amid reports that Arsenal are set to table an improved £35m bid.
Arsene Wenger is on the look out for a new striker to compete with Olivier Giroud this season and Lacazette has emerged as the most likely target after we missed out on the likes of Jamie Vardy, Alvaro Morata and Gonzalo Higuain.
Lyon president Jean Michel Aules confirmed last week that they had rejected our opening £29.3m offer and insisted that the striker would not be sold at any price – although this is almost certainly just a negotiating tactic.
That assumption has basically been confirmed as the French outfits manager has now admitted for the first time that they will cash-in on Lacazette if a suitable offer is put on the table.
Genesio is quoted as saying by the Mirror:
“He [Lacazette] can leave if Lyon want him to. There are some offers that you cannot refuse.”
The Lyon bosses comments come shortly after the Telegraph reported that Arsenal were ready to submit an improved £35m bid for Lacazette but the Mirror suggest that it will take an offer of £40m to persuade them in to a sale.
We’ll have to wait and see whether Wenger will be prepared to meet that figure or if a deal can be agreed but I’m really coming round to the idea of Lacazette in an Arsenal shirt.
The 25-year-old is a good age, he’s powerful, can hold the ball up, has blistering pace, makes great runs and has an excellent goal-scoring record having netted 54 times in his last two seasons in France.
I think he’d offer something different to Giroud and has all the potential to develop his game even further at Arsenal, so I hope we can get a deal agreed and fingers crossed we do it quickly as the Liverpool game is fast approaching and with Giroud set to miss out, Theo Walcott is our only senior option up front.