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Lacazette travels to London to finalize a club record move to Arsenal
Thе Lyon striker іѕ expected tо sign a five-year contract аt thе Emirates Stadium аftеr thе Gunners increased thеіr opening bid.
Lacazette, 26, hаѕ scored оvеr 20 Ligue 1 goals іn еасh оf hіѕ lаѕt thrее seasons fоr Lyon аnd wіll join Arsenal fоr a club record fee, eclipsing thе £42.5m paid tо Rеаl Madrid tо sign Mesut Ozil іn 2013.
With hopes of signing Monaco’s Kylian Mbappe – a Real Madrid and Paris Saint-Germain target – fading, Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger managed to convince another of Ligue 1’s star forwards to play at the Emirates Stadium.
Lyon club president Jean Michel-Aulas, who sanctioned the transfer on Sunday, has previously said the Premier League side must part with €65million to prise Lacazette away from Parc Olympique Lyonnais and the newly agreed deal includes bonuses worth £6m.
France international Lacazette was close to joining Atletico Madrid before the Spanish club’s transfer ban was upheld and Aulas confirmed via French news outlet Le Progres that Wenger’s side did not want to pay over the odds for the forward.
The Gunners still hope to keep Olivier Giroud, although they are prepared to let Lucas Perez, who joined last August but scored only once in 11 Premier League matches, leave the north London club this summer.
Arsenal also remain hopeful of a deal for Monaco’s Thomas Lemar as well, but the youngster does not appear ready to force a move to the Gunners.
Leicester City winger Riyad Mahrez also remains a target of Wenger’s after personally speaking to the 67-year-old over a fortnight ago.