Arsenal in talks with club chiefs to sign 26-year-old striker – report

Arsenal have held talks with the Lyon president and his advisor Gerard Houllier about a deal to sign Alexandre Lacazette this summer, according to reports

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Arsenal have held talks with Lyon president Jean-Michel Aulas and his advisor Gerard Houllier about signing Alexandre Lacazette this summer, according to reports in France.

French media outlet Le Progres, as quoted by Metro, is reporting that Arsenal have been in discussions with the Ligue 1 side about their star asset.

The same article states that former Liverpool manager Houllier has accompanied Lyon president Aulas for the negotiations with the Premier League side.

The Europa League semi-finalists are thought to be looking for €55 m (£48.7m) up front with a further €12m (£10.6m) in add-ons.

According to Le Progres, Lyon have also asked about the availability of France striker Olivier Giroud.

Arsene Wenger has already been linked with a host of names in the summer transfer market after the Gunners finished in fifth place in the Premier League table last term.

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The Gunners ended the 2016-17 campaign on a positive note after Arsenal were 2-1 winners against Premier League champions Chelsea in the FA Cup final at Wembley.

The north London side will be hoping to challenge for the title next season as they bid to win their first Premier League crown since 2004.

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