Arsene Wenger meets strikers agent but refuses to meet £40m valuation

By on July 2, 2016

According to the Mirror, Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger has met Alexandre Lacazette’s agent to discuss a move to the Emirates but is being put off by Lyon’s £40m+ asking price.

Wenger is on the look out for another striker after losing Danny Welbeck to a serious knee injury and we’ve been forced to look at alternative targets after Jamie Vardy snubbed a move to North London in favour of staying at Leicester City.

We’ve been linked with a whole host of names in recent weeks and reports emerged last week claiming that we’re on the verge of signing highly-rated Japanese youngster Takuma Asano from Sanfreece Hiroshima.

However, the boss is also expected to bring in a more established name and while the likes of Gonzalo Higuain and Alvaro Morata are still being linked in the media, Lacazette has emerged as a realistic target.

The Mirror are now reporting that Wenger met with the 25-year-old’s agent in France last week to discuss a potential move to the Emirates but Lyon’s £40m+ asking price is proving prohibitive as it’s way above our valuation.

I think it’s fair to say that £40m for Lacazette is expensive but unfortunately that’s the world we’re living in right now and prices, especially for strikers, have gone through the roof.

Christian Benteke is valued at £30m and Sadio Mane at £35m, so you can see why Lyon are demanding at least £40m for Lacazette – who’s scored 75 goals in France over the past three seasons.

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I personally don’t think he’s up there among the top strikers in Europe just yet but there is a real lack of forwards on the market this summer. All the big clubs are after Morata and Napoli want crazy money for Higuain so you can understand why Wenger is taking a close look at Lacazette.

We’ll have to wait and see whether we’re able to get a deal agreed with Lyon but I wouldn’t be too disappointed if we ended up signing Lacazette this summer as he’s fast, strong and knows where the goal is so he has the potential to be a good signing for us.


  1. Bliss

    July 2, 2016 at 1:11 pm

    Lyon need to lower there price Lacazette would be a good addition

    • robin

      July 2, 2016 at 2:58 pm

      I’m not sure he has much to offer us. He’s not known for his pace, he got 14 goals last year I think, the Giroud-range of goals. We really need a world class, in-his-prime CF like Higuain. Lacazette is ok but we can and should do better. Nolito could have done a job but AW let City get him, like he does so often.

      Supply-demand makes any decent CF worth £35m+ now. I don’t mind as long as he’s going to improve our squad.I’d hate to sign a player who’s no good and then have him on our books for 3 years with Italian clubs just asking for a loan until his contract runs out (as so often is the case).

  2. robin

    July 2, 2016 at 2:53 pm

    I agree, he’s not worth £40m but Liverpool signed Mane, City signed Nolito, I just don’t buy the ‘there aren’t many CFs available’. AW needs to put his money where his mouth is and snap someone up. If it’s going to cost £60m for Higuain, he should just do it, because it’ll almost certainly guarantee 20-25 goals+. I’m less than convinced by Lukaku after the Euros but then I don’t think the Belgium team have been very impressive overall.

    What’s with this Japanese CF? Why are we getting him? Seems like another shirt sales trick.

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  4. maxwell

    July 2, 2016 at 3:35 pm

    Mr aserne buy the money is there,and pls stop making we fans suffer,pls buy.

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