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Arsenal set for battle over signing of £50m striker
According to the Mirror, Arsenal are set for a battle with Borussia Dortmund and Atletico Madrid to sign Lyon hitman Alexandre Lacazette this summer.
Lacazette has been strongly linked with a move to the Emirates during recent transfer windows and his name is once again being mentioned in the media with the Mirror reporting earlier this month that Arsenal are plotting a £50m swoop.
Despite on-going doubts over his future as manager, Arsene Wenger is still pressing ahead with his transfer plans and the Mirror claim that he’s made Lacazette his prime target as he looks to overhaul his squad.
With Alexis Sanchez being tipped to leave after failing to agree terms over an extension, we need to sign a top class striker this summer and Lacazette has proven himself to be one of the most prolific forwards in Europe after netting 30 goals this season.
And with Lyon set to miss out on Champions League qualification, the French international looks set to find himself a new club and I think he’d be a superb signing for Arsenal.
However, we’re going to face some stiff competition as the Mirror claim that Dortmund are eyeing Lacazette as a replacement for Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang in-case he joins Real Madrid.
If that’s not bad enough, the newspaper says that Atletico Madrid have also identified the 25-year-old as the man they want to replace Antoine Griemann should he complete a switch to Man Utd.
Both Dortmund and Atletico are almost certainly going to be playing Champions League football again next season while we’re facing an uphill struggle to finish in the top four, so that could prove decisive in Lacazette’s decision.
The striker is highly unlikely to leave Lyon to play at another club who might not even be in the Europa League so I’d suggest that Dortmund and Atletico will be favourites.
Our only hope is that Lacazette is so desperate to play in the Premier League that he’s willing to go another year without playing in the Champions League.
However, even then we’d probably face competition from England so it’s going to be difficult either way to land Lacazette this summer, unless of course we make him a financial offer he simply can’t refuse.