Report: Arsenal boss Wenger holds talks with Lukaku, aims to complete £40m deal

Belgium's Romelu Lukaku reacts after missing a chance to score

Arsenal are hoping to sign Everton's Romelu Lukaku.

Belgium's Romelu Lukaku misses a chance to scoreBelgium's Romelu Lukaku misses a chance to score

Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger has held talks with the agent of Everton striker Romelu Lukaku, The Sun report.

It is claimed Lukaku is Wenger's first choice ahead of Lyon's Alexandre Lacazette, and hopes to sign the striker for around £40 million - despite Everton valuing him at around £65 million.

Everton's Romelu LukakuEverton's Romelu Lukaku

Arsenal could fulfil Lukaku's desire of playing in the Champions League, and could form a deadly partnership with playmaker Mesut Ozil.

The Gunners would face a tough task to persuade Everton to deal below their asking price though, certainly until they have a top class replacement lined up of their own.

Lukaku ended last season disappointingly, but has the opportunity for a fresh start with the Toffees if he stays, under new boss Ronald Koeman.

Belgium's Romelu Lukaku shoots wideBelgium's Romelu Lukaku shoots wide

Lukaku has recently been in action at Euro 2016, where he scored two goals in five games. Now Belgium are out of the tournament, talk over his future is likely to accelerate.

Perhaps ominously for Arsenal, Lukaku's agent is Mino Raiola, who also represents Henrikh Mkhitaryan and helped him clinch a move to Manchester United over the Gunners.

Yet Lukaku was sold by United boss Jose Mourinho while at Chelsea, and Arsene Wenger would seemingly like to capitalise on this mistake and snap up the 23-year-old.

Everton's Romelu Lukaku looks dejectedEverton's Romelu Lukaku looks dejected

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