Arsenal are reportedly in pole position to sign Lyon’s Alexandre Lacazette this summer unless Atletico Madrid come up with a potential offer.
The France international has turned down a move to the Premier League over the past couple of seasons, but it appears that he could realise the transfer this summer after having expressed his desire for a fresh challenge.
Lacazette has netted over 20 goals in each of his last three years with Les Gones, and he is on course to better this record having already notched 28 goals across all competitions this campaign.
According to MARCA, the north London may have one hand on the player this summer owing to their previous association with the French club.
Arsene Wenger’s side had approached for Lacazette initially in 2015 before he inked a fresh four-year extension at Les Gones. He had therein attracted interest from the Gunners last summer but the club received a similar response with Lyon having snubbed their €35m offer.
Lyon president Jean-Michael Aulas has already admitted that he will not block Lacazette’s potential exit this summer, and this puts the Gunners in the front seat to sign the Frenchman.
The report from MARCA also suggests that Spanish giants Atletico Madrid are keeping tabs on Lacazette, but a move could be dependent on the lapse of their transfer embargo.
The La Liga outfit are currently serving a one-year ban for breaking rules protecting under-age players, but they are partly confident that their punishment could be halved by the Court of Arbitration of Sport.
Should this happen, Atleti could be in the running to sign the marksman, who could replace Antoine Griezmann as the outright striker in a season or two.
Griezmann has been strongly associated with a move to Manchester United, but he is prepared to stick with Atleti for at least one more year.
As of now, Lacazette looks determined for a new challenge abroad, and a move to the Emirates could be a distinct possibility when the season comes to a close.