Arsenal are set to step up their chase for Alexandre Lacazette after a realisation that Kylian Mbappe is out of reach.
Monaco starlet Mbappe is Arsene Wenger’s No.1 summer target, but the club are coming round to the idea that Mbappe is unobtainable and heading to Real Madrid.
The Daily Mail report that Wenger still holds a concrete interest in the 18-year-old France forward, but has accepted that the lure of Real Madrid and the Champions League is going to be hard for Mbappe to turn down.
The Gunners now believe they have a more realistic chance of bringing 26-year-old Lyon striker Lacazette to The Emirates.
It is a year since Arsenal failed with a £35million bid to land the striker, who was also approached by West Ham.
The price though for the striker, who scored 37 goals in 45 games for Lyon last season, has risen, and last week the Daily Telegraph claimed the price tag was €67million.
That report claimed Wenger had spoken to the Ligue 1 club out the availability of the striker and he has been quoted an upfront fee of €55million (£48.7 million), plus €12million (£10.6million) in add-ons.
Lacazette has confirmed his desire to leave the Ligue 1 club, but the Gunners have not made a bid for the forward yet, contrary to a reports last week. At a press conference on Friday Lyon president Jean-Michel Aulas apparently claimed “we have a very nice offer from Arsenal”.
That was understood to be fake news with footage from the press conference revealing Aulas never made any reference to Arsenal.
He did though admit Lacazette had been told he could leave and there had been a concrete offer from Atletico Madrid, but their transfer embargo had ended the La Liga’s attempts to sign the striker.
Aulas is expected to demand the full asking price for the player, who has two years left on his Lyon deal, and the ball is firmly in the court of Wenger.