According to French reports, Arsenal have contacted Lyon with regards to the availability of top goalscorer Alexandre Lacazette.
The striker, valued by transfermarkt.com at €8.5m progressed through the Lyon youth ranks before making his first team debut in May 2010, going on to make 84 appearances in total, scoring 16 goals.
The 22-year-old has been likened to previous Lyon striker Sonny Anderson by many coaches and is currently enjoying his finest season at the club. Starting 17 league games this campaign, the young striker has scored 9 goals – two more than well-known strike partner and former Spurs target Bafetimbi Gomis.
Lacazette’s rise at Lyon has been quite rapid, and so has his rise through the French national squads. Having represented the French U16’s back in 2006, the Lyon top goalscorer has gone on to represent France at all levels. Highlights include a tournament winning goal for the U19’s 2010 UEFA European Under-19 football championship.
French manager Didier Deschamps finally called up the striker last summer, with the Lyon striker now having two caps to his name.
Arsene Wenger has been on the lookout for a new striker due to the unfortunate injuries to fellow strikers Theo Walcott and Nicklas Bendtner and seems to have identified the Lyon striker as a real possibility.
Lacazette’s contract runs until 2016, however the lure of Premier League football and an increase in wages will definitely interest the player. Lyon are currently struggling in midtable, a whopping 15 points behind the Champions League places.
The good news for Arsenal is that third place seems beyond Lyon, therefore the French side might consider doing business with the Gunners in January should they decide to make a formal offer.
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