Arsenal and Lyon have reportedly arranged a meeting for next week with Alexandre Lacazette looking increasingly like sealing a £44million transfer to the Emirates Stadium.
The 26-year-old is still open to joining Atletico Madrid, but would not be able to be registered by the Spanish giants until January due to their recent transfer ban.
This could give Arsenal some advantage in a deal, with Lacazette supposedly still mulling things over before returning from holiday as talks between the two clubs accelerate.
RMC claim real progress has been made for Lacazette to join the Gunners, with additional information from L’Equipe claiming Arsene Wenger has talked it over with the player himself.
Arsenal look in need of signings up front this summer due to doubts over both Alexis Sanchez and Olivier Giroud, with the latter previously linked as a possible makeweight in the deal with Lyon.
Lacazette had one of his finest seasons in a Lyon shirt last term, scoring 37 goals in all competitions to also attract interest from the likes of Manchester United in this transfer window.
Still, with the Red Devils seemingly pressing ahead with a move for Real Madrid front-man Alvaro Morata, Atletico remain Arsenal’s only competition in the race for Lacazette’s signature.
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Sanchez was Arsenal’s top scorer last season with 30 goals, but Manchester City are said to be increasingly confident of luring him away in a £50million deal as he continues to snub offers of a new contract at the Emirates.
Arsenal notably failed with a bid to sign Lacazette last summer, but reports in France now suggest they’re closer to meeting Lyon’s demands for the France international.
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Upon announcing he planned to leave Lyon at the end of last season, Lacazette hinted at a move to Arsenal by playing down the importance of Champions League football in his choice of next club.
‘Is the Champions League a dealbreaker for my choice? No, but it is important,’ he told Eurosport, before adding: ‘The Premier League is interesting. That does not mean I will go, and that does not mean I will refuse to go.’