Lyon president Jean-Michel Aulas says Alexandre Lacazette’s move to Arsenal is set to be completed in “one or two days”.
Lacazette is set to sign a five-year deal with the Gunners, who are expected to pay £44million for the French international’s services.
Aulas suggests that a final fee has not been agreed between the two sides – but they are not far off in their valuations.
Lacazette has had his heart set on the record-breaking move since rejecting West Ham twelve months ago, and saw a move to Atletico Madrid fall through earlier this summer.
Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger has been confident for some time of completing the move that will surpass – exclusive of bonuses – the £42.5million spent to land Mesut Ozil from Real Madrid in 2013.
And according to Aulas, the deal is nearly over the line.
“The transfer of Alexandre Lacazette to Arsenal could be done in one or two days,” he told Le Progres.
“We will probably reach a new record, it’s not a small transfer, €50m for a player trained by our club.
“The first offer made by Arsenal was €45m. The deal will happen for something between €45m and €50m.
Lacazette scored 28 times in Ligue 1 last season – only Edinson Cavani managed more with 35.
Lacazette has also netted 100 league goals in 203 appearances in the French top flight for Lyon.
Since breaking into their first team during the 2009-10 season he has racked up a total of 129 goals in 275 games in all competitions.
He is now set to become Arsenal’s second signing of this summer, after left-back Sead Kolasinac joined from Schalke on a free transfer.
Meanwhile Wenger has been given hope that he could conclude an even bigger coup in the shape of Monaco rising star Kylian Mbappe.
The Gunners would probably have to treble their record-breaking outlay on Lacazette to beat Real Madrid to the 18-year-old.
“I hope to keep the right players,” said Jardim. “It is not just me, all the coaches of the world [would] like to keep the best players.
“But with the Monaco project, maybe it’s not possible to always keep the best. We’re going to look at what’s going to happen.
“Three players left. Other players could leave us. Everyone knows our project. It did not change even if we have won the title. The project is the same. The goal is still to win. Nothing changed.”
Asked specifically about Mbappe, he added: “I have not spoken to him, because he knows how we work, that we want to keep him. I think the club and he will make the best decision.”
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