Arsenal appear to have made a breakthrough in their pursuit of Lyon striker Alexandre Lacazette, as ​RMC report the Gunners are in "advanced discussions" over bringing the player to the Emirates.

Arsene Wenger is prepared to break the club's transfer record for the Lyon striker - who scored 28 goals with three assists in 30 Ligue 1 appearances last season - and reports early on Friday claimed the club had lodged a €50m offer for the Frenchman. That offer appears to have done the trick, as Lyon president Jean-Michael Aulas is happy to sell for that price.


Further talks are expected early next week between the two clubs to finalise the transfer, according to the report, and it even goes on to state that a transfer could be wrapped up by the end of next week.

Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger is also convinced that Lyon are finally willing to cash in on their prolific striker as they look to make their own investments this summer, according to the Sun.

The French side have agreed terms with Chelsea for striker Bertrand Traore for £16.5m as a replacement for Lacazette with president Aulas looking forward to completing the deal soon, recently saying: “We’re fine-tuning the talks with the player and I hope to be able to conclude the deal in the next few days.”


With Lyon also after Manchester City defender Eliaquim Mangala who is valued at £20m they will need Lacazette's fee to bankroll their summer business.

Lacazette was reluctant to move to the Emirates after the Gunners missed out on Champions League football but with the potential Atletico Madrid deal breaking down with their transfer ban the France international is now more open to a move to the Premier League side.

If he completes the move it will push fellow countryman Olivier Giroud out of the club who is looking for more regular football, with his play time being significantly reduced should the Lyon man take over.

Giroud wants to remain in London and with West Ham showing plenty of interest the £20m deal could also be completed soon.

After Andy Carroll, Diafra Sakho and Andre Ayew were all injured this season Hammers boss Slaven Bilic was left with limited attacking options and he will welcome Giroud's 12 goals and four assists that he made in 29 league appearances.