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Lyon president confirms Lacazette on brink of €45-50m Arsenal move

Arsenal are on the verge of signing Lyon striker Alexandre Lacazette for a club-record fee, the French club's president has confirmed.

Lyon president Jean-Michel Aulas told French newspaper Le Progres that the deal is "one or two days" away from being finalised and will be worth upward of €50 million plus add-ons.

Lacazette is expected to travel to London on Monday to finalise the deal, which is set to eclipse the £42m Arsenal paid for Mesut Ozil in 2013.

"The deal will happen for something between €45 and €50 million. To be close to €50m is something unique, and will be a record for Arsenal and a record for Lyon," Aulas said.

"One must also take into account that traditionally, a club like Arsenal do not have the habit of spending so much for one player."

Alexandre Lacazette and Lyon advanced to the Europa League semis on Thursday.
Alexandre Lacazette is on the brink of completing a move from Lyon to Arsenal.

If completed, the signing would be a massive boost to Arsene Wenger, who has spent several summers searching for an elusive top-level striker without being able to close a deal.

Lacazette has scored at least 20 league goals in each of the last three seasons, netting 37 times in 45 games in all competitions in 2016-17.

He would be Arsenal's second signing of the summer after Schalke left-back Sead Kolasinac joined on a free transfer, and would provide the club with the sort of big-money star fans have been calling for after a disappointing fifth-place Premier League finish.

Lacazette had been set to join Atletico Madrid until the Spanish club's transfer ban was upheld this summer, giving Wenger a second chance to sign a player he had initially bid for last summer.

Arsenal have also made a bid for Monaco winger Thomas Lemar but were rebuffed by the Ligue 1 club, while their hopes of pulling off a world-record move for teenage striker Kylian Mbappe look slim.

Mattias is ESPN FC's Arsenal correspondent. Follow him on Twitter: @MattiasKaren.


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