Source confirms Wenger and Gazidis had talks about 37-goal hitman, after talks with club president

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Arsenal have reportedly stepped up their efforts to sign long-term target Alexandre Lacazette from French club Lyon, according to report from The Daily Express.

The Gunners boss Arsene Wenger is keen on bringing a world-class striker to the Emirates and has been linked with a world-record bid for Monaco starlet Kylian Mbappe but it seems moving to the North London club is increasingly unlikely for the teenage sensation.

In light of that, Arsene Wenger has renewed his interest in Lacazette who has opened the door for a move to the Premier League.

The French forward was heavily linked with Atletico Madrid after claiming he would only join a Champions League club, however, his hope of joining the Spanish club was quashed when their transfer ban was upheld and they will not be able to sign players until January 2018.

Wenger and Arsenal chief executive Ivan Gazidis were seen together at Nice airport on Monday and The Sun claimed a move for Lacazette was discussed.

The newspaper also reported that Wenger has met with Lyon president Jean-Michael Aulas and he is confident of landing the striker who has been valued at £50 million.

Arsenal are out of the Champions League next season but believed a deal in the region of £200,000 a week should be able to lure Lacazette to the club. However, they will have to fend off competition from Man United and Liverpool who are interested in securing his signature.

The French international was in brilliant form for Lyon last season, scoring 37 goals across all competitions for them and if he does move to Arsenal, this would give them a wealth of attacking options.

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