Arsenal closing in on deal to sign Lacazette

Alexandre Lacazette

Reports from the UK suggest that Arsenal are on the verge of agreeing a deal to sign Lyon striker Alexandre Lacazette.

The Gunners had an initial bid for the 26-year-old France international rejected, but talks have been ongoing and are set to continue in the coming days.

If the deal goes through, it is expected to be for a club-record fee, exceeding the £42.4m paid to Real Madrid for Mesut Ozil in 2013.

Sources close to Lacazette are confident a deal can be made between the two parties, despite Lyon president Jean-Michel Aulas suggesting earlier this week that the player would stay at the club.

The striker scored 37 goals in 45 games last season and has two years left on his existing Lyon deal. His 28 league goals was more than Arsenal quartet Olivier Giroud, Theo Walcott, Danny Welbeck and Lucas Perez combined.

He initially said he would only move to a club that would play in Europe’s premier club competition, the Champions League, but his stance is said to have softened.

Lacazette had verbally agreed to join Atletico Madrid this summer but the move fell through after the Court of Arbitration for Sport upheld the Spanish club’s transfer ban.