Lyon’s talky president, Jean-Michel Aulas, says that Alexandre Lacazette’s transfer to Arsenal will be completed in the next day or two, and that the sums put about in the English media are not accurate.
There were some reports that the 26 year old striker could cost as much as €67m, but that amount has been downplayed – although it is still likely to be a club record capture for the Gunners.
Speaking to local media outlet, Le Progres, Aulas said (via GFFN), “The €67m figure announced by English sources and then relayed constitute an impossible sum that is not realistic.
“The first offer made by Arsenal was €45m. The deal will happen for something between €45m and €50m.
“To be close to €50m is something unique, and will be without a doubt a record for Arsenal and a record for Lyon absolutely.
“One must also take into account that traditionally, a club like Arsenal, and it is the case for Bayern as well, do not have the habit of spending so much for one player.
“We will without a doubt hit a record, it is not a small transfer, €50m for a player who was produced by our club.”
It’s understood that Lacazette will be in London tomorrow to complete the formalities of the deal, including a medical, and could be announced the same day if all goes well.
It’s not a question of if anymore, but when he becomes an Arsenal player.