It is now public knowledge that we were interested in Lyon striker Alexandre Lacazette during the summer transfer window. We even made a £29m bid for the player which was turned down by the Ligue 1 club.
In the end, due to Lyon’s reluctance to budge on their valuation of the player forced us to move our sights elsewhere and we ended up buying Lucas Perez from Deportivo La Coruna.
Now, we have a sufficient number of strikers in our squad, but that shouldn’t be taken as an indication of the end of our interest in the 25-year-old.
It is quite obvious that Wenger likes the player, and if an opportunity presents itself in future, we might renew our interest in him.
There has been a lot of debate on Giroud’s role in our squad, and despite his criticism, one can’t deny that he has a part to play in our squad for at least a next couple of seasons.
However, he will turn 30 later this month, and I am not sure whether we will offer him a new contract. He signed a new three-year deal with us last summer which means his current contract will expire in 2018. He will be 32 at the time, and I can’t see Wenger awarding him a new long-term contract that late in his career.
So, it’s quite evident that we need to start looking for Giroud-replacement soon. This is where Lacazette comes in the picture. If he continues to keep performing in Ligue 1, I can see us going back for him next summer or the summer after.
Hence, the latest report from French publication Le10 Sport could prove to be a welcome boost for us. The report claims that Lacazette is currently involved in transfer negotiations with Lyon, but doesn’t want to sign a new deal without a contract clause.
Lacazette’s insistence on a reasonable release clause in his new contract has caused a few complications in the ongoing negotiations. He has been offered a decent weekly salary of around £100k/week in his new contract, but he wants to make sure that if a big club comes knocking for him, he will be able to leave his current club.
However, all this discussion is far-fetched as the player still has three years left on his current contract and we will anyways have to pay a hefty sum by our standards if we plan to buy him in the next couple of years.
But, he surely is the one to keep an eye on in future and definitely has the ability to replace Giroud in our squad in the long-term.