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Arsenal Transfer News: Alexandre Lacazette Sale Expected, Top Gunners Rumours

Rob Blanchette@@_Rob_BFeatured ColumnistFebruary 24, 2017

Lyon's French forward Alexandre Lacazette gestures during the French L1 football match between Olympique Lyonnais (OL) and Dijon (DFCO) on February 19, 2017, at the Parc Olympique Lyonnais stadium in Decines-Charpieu near Lyon, central-eastern France.  / AFP / ROMAIN LAFABREGUE        (Photo credit should read ROMAIN LAFABREGUE/AFP/Getty Images)
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Arsenal have received a "boost" in their transfer ambitions to sign Alexandre Lacazette after Lyon admitted they expect to make "significant sales" in the summer.

Mark Brus of Metro quoted Lyon president Jean-Michel Aulas proclaiming he is ready to sell star names if the price is right in the next transfer window.

"We don't have to do anything, but as we have a squad valued at more than €170m, there will come a time when we have to cash in on that capital," Aulas said. "So, as I did with Karim Benzema and Samuel Umtiti, if a player wants to leave and the offer is acceptable, we won't stand in the way." 

Lyon's French forward Alexandre Lacazette celebrates after scoring a goal during the French L1 football match Olympique Lyonnais (OL) vs Marseille (OM) on January 22, 2017, at the Parc Olympique Lyonnais stadium in Decines-Charpieu, central-eastern France
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Lacazette has been a long-term target of manager Arsene Wenger, but the striker has remained in France despite a clamour for his services.

However, the France international said his "dream" would be to make a switch to Barcelona in La Liga.

He told broadcaster Canal+ (h/t Goal): "I think that the right moment has arrived to leave. I think that this summer I will need a change of scenery and [to] discover something else, still with the idea of advancing and progressing in terms of football and as a person."

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Lacazette remains one of the continent's most prolific strikers, as highlighted recently by Squawka Football:

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Alexandre Lacazette's goal against AZ was his 100th for Lyon across all competitions since the start of 2013/14. Lethal form. ⚽️ https://t.co/mYIlwCmBlm

In other Gunners news, Malaga midfielder Pablo Fornals is on Wenger's summer shopping list after his performances in the Spanish league.

According to Marca (h/t TalkSport), the rising star is being monitored by Arsenal as the Frenchman considers revamping his midfield options. Wenger is said to be considering replacements for Santi Cazorla, who is now in his 30s and suffering with consistent injury.

MALAGA, SPAIN - JANUARY 16:  Pablo Fornals of Malaga CF in action during the La Liga match between Malaga CF and Real Sociedad de Futbol at La Rosaleda Stadium on January 16, 2017 in Malaga, Spain.  (Photo by Aitor Alcalde Colomer/Getty Images)
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The 21-year-old has started 17 matches in La Liga this term, scoring four goals, according to WhoScored.com.

Cazorla has left a void at the heart of the Arsenal team, and he has been unable to recapture his best fitness for an extended period.

Wenger does not have a player who replicates the Spaniard's game and might be forced to look elsewhere as he attempts to find a balance in his starting XI.

Arsenal's midfield needs an injection of youth, and Fornals has quickly proved he has the stomach to play against Spain's best talents.

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