Arsenal and West Ham's Lacazette hopes could be scuppered by Barcelona's Umtiti deal

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Tottenham and PSG are also tracking the Lyon forward, but will the French club sell two stars in one transfer window?

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Barcelona's impending purchase of Lyon defender Samuel Umtiti, as reported by Marca, could have knock on effects for several Premier League clubs chasing another of the French outfit's star men.

Tottenham themselves had been linked with the Frenchman, who announced himself as a real young player of potential by scoring a stunning strike from left back in a 2-1 defeat to the Londoners at White Hart Lane in 2013.

Since that breakthrough season, Umtiti has proved himself by gathering 170 appearances at Lyon, having settled in a central defensive position

It is indeed somewhat of a surprise that the 22-year-old is yet to make his debut for the full France side, only being called up for the European Championships after Barca defender Jeremy Mathieu pulled out.

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Now Umtiti is heading to the Nou Camp himself where he is sure to make himself a star, and for big money too, with Marca quoting a figure of €30 million for the player.

This figure is important for a variety of reasons. Firstly, Sky Sports say it is €10 million more than Barcelona wanted to pay, underlining how tough a negotiator Lyon owner Jean-Michel Aulas is.

Secondly, it is set to leave Lyon flush with cash to strengthen their squad this summer. Lyon finished as runners up to PSG for the second successive season, and will be eager to try and bridge the gap to the freespending capital club. Following on from this, and importantly, it will mean the club will not be under pressure to sell star-striker Alexandre Lacazette, a player who has been on the radar of a host of clubs, with London trio Tottenham, West Ham and Arsenal all closely linked over the last few months by the likes of the Guardian.

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It could mean that any outfit that wants to sign the France international will have to make Lyon an offer that is impossible to refuse - something that the three clubs are not traditionally known for doing.

West Ham have made their chase for a top striker clear this summer, and have set aside a sizeable sum of money to recruit the right man, but Lacazette could well end up fetching a figure that might even put off the ambitious East Londoners.

Arsenal have broken their transfer record in two of the last three seasons, but that has been when recruiting proven international players from Real Madrid and Barcelona. Buying a player that is yet to establish himself in his international squad may represent too big a risk for Arsene Wenger.

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And for Tottenham, it is unlikely they will be willing to smash their own transfer record for a player that is set to spend the majority of the season as a back up to talisman Harry Kane. Spurs want a top player, but as they are building their new stadium, will be careful not to gamble with their transfer budget.

All of which suggests that Lyon may end up keeping hold of their attacker for at least one more season, unless a team with far less care with their finances step into proceedings. Worryingly for any English suitors, PSG are also said to be keeping track of Lacazette, according to various sources such as Goal.

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