Arsenal hold formal talks over possible deals for £78m-rated duo

By on July 5, 2016

According to the Sun, Arsenal have held formal discussions with both Lyon and Alexandre Lacazette’s agent AND Everton and Romelu Lukaku’s agent about possible moves to the Emirates.

Arsene Wenger is determined to bring in another striker to compete with Olivier Giroud this summer and we’re assessing all options after missing out on Jamie Vardy following his decision to stay with Leicester.

Alvaro Morata and Gonzalo Higuain have been strongly linked with a move in recent weeks but the Sun claim that Arsenal officials have now stepped-up their interest in Lacazette and Lukaku by holding talks with their clubs and agents about potential moves to North London.

The newspaper suggests that Lukaku is Wenger’s prime target and while Everton have slapped a £65m price-tag on his head, the Merseysiders will supposedly accept an offer of around £40m – making the Belgian international far more affordable.

Lukaku is still raw but he has huge potential and his experience in the Premier League is a major plus point with the 23-year-old managing to score 25 goals in all competitions for a poor Toffees side last season.

However, Everton are still trying to persuade him to sign a new deal and should we fail to land Lukaku then the Sun claim we’ll turn our attention to Lacazette who’s valued at around £38m by Lyon.

The French international is of similar build to Lukaku and he also has plenty of power and pace so he should be able to adapt to life in England if he was to make the move to Arsenal.

His 23 goals for Lyon last season was a decent return and the report claims Arsene has already held talks with the 25-year-old agent in France last week, so it’s just a case of seeing how negotiations progress over the coming days.

It’s understood Wenger would ideally like his new striker on board before we fly out to America on our pre-season tour later this month but an apparent club ‘source’ said that the boss is refusing to overspend to get his man.

A source told the Sun:

“Arsene is keen to get a new striker in as soon as possible, but won’t rush anything and overspend.

“Olivier Giroud is very much in his plans, but he wants to get someone in and was upset about losing out on Jamie Vardy.”

I’d personally prefer Lukaku but Lacazette would be a solid alternative if we can’t get a deal done for the Belgian. Neither striker is the finished article but both have the potential to be top class and at least they’d offer something different to Giroud.

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Let’s see how things progress but the good news is it looks like we’re heavily in the market for a big-money striker, it’s just a case of who Arsene manages to land…


  1. Doc Horriday

    July 5, 2016 at 10:04 pm

    Ok first off Moshiri slapped a price tag of 75 million on Lukaku not 65. Secondly I have no idea where you are getting the idea that Everton would accept 40 million for him from, they really do want 75 million, in modern terms that’s as close as saying he is not for sale as possible. Thirdly some reports are coming out today that Lukaku is going to be staying at Everton.

    If you paid attention last season you would of noticed Everton telling Chelsea to piss off when they went after Stones, Everton are not a club that can be financially pushed around anymore. If Arsenal really do want him they are going to have to spend serious serious cash, Lacazette is probably the better deal at this point.

  2. Peter12

    July 5, 2016 at 11:08 pm

    Probably neither. Lukaku, because anything above £40m is too much for him & Wenger quite rightly not pay that. Lacazette, because it will fizzle out on some detail, possibly salary or something, essentially because ou our inept recruiting team. So in the end, probably it will be a trolley dash last day of the window for the player named LuLaHiMo, or a has-been injured player, more likely. HeyHo, happy Days!

  3. Peter12

    July 5, 2016 at 11:28 pm

    Actually, I am desperate to know who at Arsenal can be held responsible for us not being successful (in fact, abject) in the transfer market – other than Wenger of course. Who (by name) in the club, again other than Wenger, is in charge of negotiations with a player who we have homed-in on and his club? How come such a person, other than Wenger again, can keep his job after giving us nothing but misery and failure year after year in the transfer market? Because, now I think it not just a case of numerous red-herrings or simply “Wenger-Speak”, we are actually are trying, but without success. Who is the person responsible for this farce? Can somebody name him please?

  4. Wolfgang

    July 6, 2016 at 12:40 am

    If Wenger cant get Arsenal challenging,he shd go. I am sick and tired of his planning for the future by buying the Japanese.Arsenal need guys who can go straight into the senior team.
    What has happened to all the so called wks ?Remember his statement in 2008 that when his kids came of age they would take the fw by storm. Sadly it has been one disappointing season after another and the last epl was won 12 years ago and not ten as satetd by the special one.
    The so maybe bullish but he could be sacked if results are not forth coming.

  5. Wolfgang

    July 6, 2016 at 1:07 am

    Hodgson was absolutely right when he said football is a results
    based business. Wenger was lucky to finish 2nd.
    The fm has refused to embrace winning ugly and that’s a big problem.
    His idea of winning with pleasing soccer doesn’t work in planet football but in another planet.
    The defence as usual is still suspect. Many fans thought with Czech they could finally get going.His sterotype strategy aint going to work with endless possession.Teams have gotten wise to his game
    and don’t be surprised in spite of one/two in coming players,the gunners will flatter to deceive.I hope I am wrong.
    Then what?

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