Arsenal is close to finalising a €60m deal for Lyon striker Alexandre Lacazette as the French International completed a medical at the Emirates.
Lacazette, 26, has 11 France caps and will agree to a five-year-deal with the Gunners. He scored 37 times in 45 appearances last season, with 28 of those goals struck in Ligue 1 last season.
When the formalities are completed, Lacazette will outshine Mesut Ozil as Arsenal’s most expensive signing; the German midfielder joined from Real Madrid in 2013 for £42.5m.
Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger had already made a bid for the player in the transfer window last summer, but it had been unsuccessful after which the player agreed fresh terms at Lyon until 2019.
While La Liga second-runners up Atletico Madrid had been another suitor for Lacazette, the Champions League semi-finalists were placed under a transfer ban and their subsequent failed appeal removed any possibility of a deal.
According to Lyon president Jean-Michel Aulas, Atletico were prepared to pay €65m for Lacazette which in turn meant that Arsenal look to have got him for slightly less despite theirs being a club record deal.
Wenger will be delighted to conclude the deal for his compatriot in a sluggish transfer window for the club despite the promise of “top-quality” summer signings during a question-and-answer session with Arsenal chief executive Ivan Gazidis last week. Sead Kolasinac, who joined from Schalke 04, had been the club’s only recruit since the end of last season.
It would also be particularly helpful in his fight to keep his team star Alexis Sanchez.