By Danny Wright
Arsenal target Alexandre Lacazette has revealed that he is looking for a move away from Lyon at the end of the season.
The French club will not let their hot property go cheap though and are reportedly looking for a fee of £40million.
The BBC reported that the French club turned down an offer of £30m from Arsenal for the player in the summer and the club released a statement on Twitter confirming the news.
— Olympique Lyonnais (@OL) July 26, 2016
Lacazette has also been courted by West Ham, but a move to one of Europe’s bigger clubs could also be in the offing.
The 25-year-old has scored in each of his last five Ligue 1 games, with an amazing 18 goals in 17 Ligue 1 games in total this season, but it appears that now is the time for him to move on.
“I think it’s come, the right moment,” he told French TV station Canal+, as quoted by Sky Sports.
“I think that this summer will be the time where I will need a change of scenery and discover something else, still with the idea of advancing and progressing in terms of football and as a person.
“I am going to continue to work, in the hope that good opportunities will come this summer.”
Lacazette scored 21 Ligue 1 goals last term, and with more than a goal every league game this season, Europe’s big clubs will be on alert.
Sky report that Lyon would be willing to listen to offers of around £40million, although it has been reported that Lacazette has a £60million release clause.
He made his international debut for France in 2013 and has since picked up 10 caps and has scored one goal for Les Bleus.
Lyon are currently fourth in Ligue 1, 12 points behind third-placed Nice with a game in hand.
Football Insider verdict:
Arsenal fans have been screaming out for a world class striker for some time now. The love/hate affair with Olivier Giroud has gone on for too long now and the Gunners need someone who can push them towards mounting a serious title challenge, similar to what Thierry Henry achieved in the early 2000s.
Lacazette has become a proven goal scorer in France and although the Premier League is a lot more demanding, Arsenal’s midfield maestros should be able to provide him with enough chances to consistently get more than 20 goals a season.
The hefty price-tag shouldn’t put Arsenal off as Wenger usually spends big on one player every summer and a striker is something they must go all-in on.
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