Arsenal close in on £44m striker as selling club prepares to cash-in

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Ligue 1 side Lyon took the strange step of publicly confirming a failed Arsenal bid for striker Alexandre Lacazette earlier this week and this has led to growing speculation that the French side WILL see the prolific forward but only if the Gunners register an offer of around £44m for the 25-year-old according to the Daily Mirror.

Arsene Wenger could well do with bringing in a strong forward to fight Olivier Giroud for a starting berth in the Arsenal XI with the fan favourite struggling to retain a good level of goal-scoring consistency.

Lacazette has been in sparkling form of late, scoring 20+ goals in each of his past three campaigns at the Parc Olympique Lyonnais outfit, and could well be keen on a ‘high-profile’ move that could help to secure a more prominent role in Didier Deschamps’ national team set-up, having failed to make the French squad for Euro 2016.

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Arsenal secured a runners-up finish in the Premier League last term but a decade plus without major silverware is beginning to prove a real weight on Wenger’s shoulders and it appears that the North London side may be ready to spend big this summer.

Wenger has already stumped up £30m to bring in impressive Swiss midfielder Granit Xhaka and are hot on the heels of Leicester City attacking sensation Riyad Mahrez.

The capture of Lacazette would leave the likes of Danny Welbeck and Theo Walcott fighting for their respective futures at the Emirates Stadium and would offer Wenger with strong options in the final third.

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