Arsenal fans here in the Football Transfer Tavern this morning are getting excited over news reaching the bar from friends in France as Arsene Wenger looks to step up his summer business.
The Gunners boss, who signed a controversial new two-year deal off the back of arguably his worst season as Arsenal manager – despite a record-breaking FA Cup win, has a lot of work to do this summer as he looks to build a side capable of challenging for the Premier League title once again.
A striker has been top of the wish list for the majority of our punters here in the Tavern for a few years now, and it seems as if the club could be closing in.
Reports from French outlet Le10Sport claim that the north Londoners are in talks with Lyon over a deal for striker Alexandre Lacazette and, after a deal to Atletico Madrid fell through with the Spaniard’s transfer ban being upheld, are top of the 25-year-old’s list.
However, whilst it all may sound well, the Ligue 1 outfit are looking to get more than just a sizeable fee for the French international.
The reports claim that Lyon chairman Jean-Michel Aulas is also looking to make Gunners striker Olivier Giroud a part of the deal.
Our landlord has been telling fans in the bar that, while it may seem an easy decision to swap the second string forward for Lacazette – who would surely come in as first choice, it may be more beneficial to keep the 30-year-old out of the picture, given his key contributions off the bench over the last couple of seasons.