Sky: Arsenal locked in talks to sign 25-year-old, deal delayed by complication
By London correspondent Tony Hughes
Arsenal remain in talks to sign Alexandre Lacazette from Lyon, according to a report.
Sky Sports claimed on their transfer centre blog on Sunday night (7.23pm) that the Gunners are negotiating the transfer fee for the striker with the French club.
But it is said that “an already difficult deal has been complicated by a hip injury suffered by Lacazette over the weekend”.
Lacazette limped out of Lyon’s 4-1 defeat to Paris Saint-Germain in the French version of the Community Shield on Saturday.
Lacazette didn’t talk about his injury after the game, but his manager Bruno Genesio admitted it is a big concern.
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“It’s worrying,” he said, as quoted by the Daily Star. “It’s a big downside of the evening in addition to the defeat.”
Sky Sports News’ chief reporter Kaveh Solkehol revealed on his personal Twitter account on Thursday night that the Gunners are in talks with Lyon to agree a fee for Lacazette.
Arsenal working hard to sign Lyon forward Alexandre Lacazette. Two clubs still in talks to agree a fee
— Kaveh Solhekol (@SkyKaveh) August 4, 2016
French outlet Le 10 Sport claim that the 25-year-old has already agreed personal terms with the Gunners as they prepare a second bid for him.
It was said that Arsenal would table a new bid for Lacazette within days after Lyon revealed via their Twitter account that the London club had bid £29.5million for him last month.
According to the Le 10 Sport report, Lacazette is Arsene Wenger’s priority target as the 66-year-old looks to sign a new striker ahead of the new season.
Arsenal will be without Danny Welbeck for most of the campaign, while Theo Walcott has revealed that he wants to concentrate on playing on the right wing rather than up front, which leaves Olivier Giroud as the team’s only senior striker.
Alexis Sanchez was used as an emergency striker as the Gunners beat Manchester City 3-2 in their final pre-season friendly in Sweden on Sunday night.
Lacazette, who has attracted interest across Europe, was in fine form last season for his current club, scoring 23 goals in his 44 appearances to help guide them to the Champions League.
The forward has only played for Lyon at senior level since his debut in 2010, but has been regularly linked with a move away from the seven-time league winners.
The Ligue 1 Player of the Year for 204-15 has made 10 appearances for his national side, but was not selected for the France Euro 2016 squad despite being part of the preliminary squad.
The Gunners have already missed out on the signing of Gonzalo Higuaín, and Leicester City striker Jamie Vardy rejected the north London club before penning a new deal with Leicester earlier on this summer.
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