France and Olympique Lyon’s forward Alexandre Lacazette could complete a €50million move to the Emirates in the coming days, Lyon president Jean-Michel Aulas reveals.
Aulas had before denied reports the star forward was in London to undergo a medical, showing the Premier League club were yet to meet Lyon’s asking price for the 26-year-old.
The deal would surpass the £42.5m it cost Arsenal to sign Mesut Ozil from Real Madrid in 2013 and is expected to be finished in the following 48 hours after Lacazette travels to London for a medical.
The Gunners made an unsuccessful £29m bid to sign the 26-year-old a year prior and saw an opening offer of £39.5m rejected, before reaching a concurrence with Lyon owner Jean-Michel Aulas.
Aulas confirmed a deal for Lacazette was almost, with Arsenal to pay up to €50m for the France international, who is relied upon to sign a five-year deal with the Emirates outfit.
“The figure reported by the English media of around €67m [including €12m in add-ons] is impossible and not realistic,” Aulas told Le Progres.
“Arsenal’s first offer was around €45m, the transfer will be concluded in the range of €45m to €50m.”
The deal would signal a club record for Arsenal, who paid Real Madrid €44m to sign Mesut Ozil in 2013.
Aulas talked up the fee, saying: “Being close to €50m is something unique and will probably be a record for Arsenal and Lyon as well.
“Knowing that, traditionally, a club like Arsenal – and this is the case for Bayern Munich also – don’t invest so much on a player.”
Lacazette, who came through the youth system at Lyon, was heavily linked with a move to Atletico Madrid before the LaLiga club’s transfer ban was upheld.
He has 11 France caps and has made more than 250 appearances in all competitions for Lyon.