Lacazette arrives in London
Arsenal transfer target Alexandre Lacazette is expected to complete his summer switch to the Gunners later today. The French international arrived in London yesterday after Arsenal and Lyon agreed terms, thought to be around £52 million. If the fee is to be correct he would become Arsenal’s record signing ahead of Mesut Ozil’s £42.4 million transfer. It has been reported that Lacazette passed a medical at Arsenal yesterday and today the two parties will discuss his contract before he finalises the move. The club will be hoping that this big name signing will help encourage Ozil and Sanchez to remain at Arsenal for the future.
Monaco set their price for Lemar
Thomas Lemar could cost Arsenal up to £80 million as Monaco set a high price for the exciting French youngster. Arsene Wenger holds hopes of negotiating a much lower figure but given the wingers breakthrough season, he may find a compromise difficult to agree. The figure would eclipse the proposed record fee for Lacazette and if Monaco do not agree to reduce their expectations then Arsenal may turn their attention to Riyad Mahrez. The Leicester playmaker had a disappointing last season but still had times where he showed the quality which helped win the league in 2015/16.
No time frame on Cazorla injury
The club are not able to put a date on when Santi Cazorla will be able to return from his injury but the midfielder remains positive. Reports in a number of places are that Cazorla suffered a setback in his recovery which will keep him sidelined for the whole of next season. Cazorla, however, came out saying that he may only be out until later this year but also admits he isn’t sure of the date. “I haven’t been given a time frame. It’s very difficult to put a date, but I don’t think it will be before five months.” After signing a one-year contract extension for this season the club are confident that the 32-year-old will play some part towards the end of the campaign but after the complications so far, it could be a mix of speculation and hope. Santi went on to say “I’ve had complications since November. I got a bacterial infection in surgery, my bone got infected, the wound would not close and I had a graft done.”
Giroud future still uncertain
Whether or not Olivier Giroud will start the season as an Arsenal player remains to be seen. After the expected capture of Lacazette, Giroud will likely remain as an impact sub at Arsenal as he did for much of last season. West Ham were linked to the £20 million forward but now Everton also look to be interested. Having just signed Sandro Ramirez from Malaga it would appear that they have no need for Giroud but with large question marks over the future or Romelu Lukaku, they may still need to find quality replacements.