Arsenal’s attempts to bring French international Alexandre Lacazette to north London received a boost when Lyon president, Jean-Michel Aulas, demanded Olivier Giroud be part of the deal, the Daily Telegraph reports.
It’s a move which would suit both the Gunners and the player. With the World Cup next Summer, Giroud will not want another season on the bench which may cost him his place in France’s squad for Russia 2018.
Arsène Wenger preferred Danny Welbeck over Giroud, despite his compatriot closing in on 100 goals for the Gunners. Welbeck’s pace gave Arsenal more variety in attack, and the XI a better balance.
In Lacazette, the Arsenal manager is looking to marry both facets of his current strikers game. The Lyon forward, valued at £60m, grabbed a career-best 37 goals in 45 games last season and is one of Europe’s most prolific strikers.
Little wonder his services are in demand. Atletico Madrid still haven’t given up hope of signing the French international, despite suffering a transfer ban following irregularities over the transfer of youth players. With the punishment cut to one transfer window, Diego Simeone is hopeful that Lacazette will wait until the winter window to make a move.
Lyon are not likely to hold on, preferring to cash in on their key asset. Aulas is a firm believer that French club owners should invest money in keeping the best players in France and ‘invited’ PSG to make a bid for Lacazette. If the Parisians do enter the race for his signature, the deal could reach a fee which is out of Arsenal’s reach.