Arsenal Transfer News: Alexandre Lacazette Record Bid Rumoured

Gianni Verschueren@ReverschPassFeatured ColumnistJune 23, 2017

PARIS, FRANCE - JUNE 13:  Alexandre Lacazette of France reacts during warmup before the International friendly match between France and England at Stade de France on June 13, 2017 in Paris, France. (Photo by Frederic Stevens/Getty Images)
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Arsenal have reportedly made a club-record £44 million offer for Lyon star Alexandre Lacazette, and it's thought the bid is likely to be accepted.

Per The Guardian's Dominic Fifield, Lyon are already working on a deal for Chelsea's Bertrand Traore, and the club is willing to part with Lacazette for the right fee.

Per the report, Lacazette originally planned on joining La Liga side Atletico Madrid, but the Rojiblancos' transfer ban has complicated matters. The 26-year-old has since relaxed his stance on which club he joins and is open to different options. He's currently on holiday, and talks with Arsenal could take place next week.

Arsenal's transfer record is the £42.5 million fee they paid for Mesut Ozil, per Fifield.

France's forward Antoine Griezmann (R) talks with with France's forward Alexandre Lacazette before a training session in Clairefontaine-en-Yvelines on May 29, 2017.
Team France prepares for the friendly football match against Paraguay to be held on June 2
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Lacazette has a long track record of success in Ligue 1 and has been linked with moves abroad for years. Lyon have so far refused to sell their star striker, but his value is at optimal level and a deal seems likely.

Fifield also reported Lyon and West Ham United will look at Olivier Giroud once Lacazette moves to north London, and the latter's arrival would end the team's pursuit of Monaco's Kylian Mbappe.