Despite the declaration of Lyon President Jean-Michel Aulas that Alexandre Lacazette, 25, was not for sale, Arsenal are set to test that resolve with a second bid for the striker.
The Gunners original approach of £29.7m was rejected out of hand by the French club, who were forced to confirm the bid had been made when rumours of a sale leaked onto the French stock exchange.
Arsenal were unimpressed by the announcement but have not been deterred by the determination of Aulas to hold onto his prized asset.
Paris St. Germain are also hovering and Lyon are not minded to further strengthen the dominant French club. If Lacazette wants to leave, his destination will most likely be north London.
Arsene Wenger saw his side win 2 – 1 against the MLS All-Stars on Thursday but another blank from Theo Walcott has convinced him that he needs to act. With Olivier Giroud set to miss the opening games of the new season, the Arsenal frontline is woefully thin on form and experience.
Lacazette, despite not making the French squad for Euro 2016, has the pedigree Wenger requires, scoring 76 goals in his last 138 appearances.
Whilst the renewed bid falls short of the £42m Aulas reportedly values Lacazette at, the gap is not insurmountable and a deal is expected to be completed when Arsenal return from the USA.
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