Report: Record deal for Alexandre Lacazette ‘close’

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According to the BBC’s David Ornstein, Arsenal are close to completing a deal for Alexandre Lacazette.

The 26 year old striker has been strongly linked with the Gunners over the last few weeks, and despite conflicting comments from Lyon president Jean-Michel Aulas, it seems Lyon are ready to sell.

It’s thought a deal could be completed over the weekend, with the fee expected to be in excess of the £42.5m we spent on Mesut Ozil in 2013.

The arrival of Lacazette could spark a significant departure from the forward line with Olivier Giroud the most likely candidate. He has already gone on record about his desire to have more playing time, especially in a season before the World Cup, and rumours have linked him to West Ham, Marseille and even Lyon in recent weeks.

Meanwhile, Alexis Sanchez says he’s clear in his mind about what he wants to do this summer, but is not ready yet to make his decision public.

“Yes it’s clear,” he said, but I can’t tell you.”

Chile face Germany in the final of the Confederations Cup on Sunday, after which Sanchez will go on some kind of holiday, before returning to Arsenal later in July to begin his pre-season.

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