Premier League giants Arsenal are all geared up to seal a £50million deal for Lyon striker Alexandre Lacazette.
Gunners boss Arsene Wenger chief executive Ivan Gazidis held a meeting with Lyon president Jean-Michael Aulas this week to negotiate a transfer bid for the French striker.
And Wenger believes that he can convince Lacazette to join Arsenal by offering him a wage packet of £200,000 a week.
Arsenal boss Wenger and chief executive Ivan Gazidis were spotted at Nice airport, as they completed a face-to-face meeting with Aulas at his luxury villa in the billionaires’ playground of Cap Ferrat.
Manchester United boss Jose Mourinho is also keen on making a move for £50million striker Alexandre Lacazette.
He has proved his class in the last four seasons at Lyon – with a total of 113 goals to his name out of which he has netted 37 times in the 2016-17 campaign.
The 26-year-old French striker has been under the radar of Premier League clubs – with Arsenal and Liverpool keen on roping in him, but he had expressed desire of a move to Atletico and recently admitted that Griezmann has been “trying for a while to get me to come”.
And now the FIFA punishment for signing under-age players means Atletico Madrid will be blocked from securing the signatures of Lacazette.
Lacazette had ruled out a move to Arsenal after he made it very clear that he wants to make a switch in order to compete for major trophies elsewhere.
But now he has softened his stance as his expected switch to Atletico Madrid collapsed due to their transfer ban.
He said: “The Champions League is important but it is not a deal-breaker for my next club.”
“The Premier League is interesting and I will look for a club where there are not too many players in my position, so I will not be benched.”