Date: 1st July 2017 at 9:00am
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Finally, seeing a proposed transfer go one way and then the other, Arsenal are expected to conclude a club record deal for Alexandre Lacazette.

Currently standing at the £42.4m paid to Real Madrid for Mesut Ozil – who looks like he’ll stay after all too? – in 2013, Arsenal will break the transfer record to secure the signing of Lyon’s Lacazette.

According to the BBC, having previously had an offer rejected, and been informed Lacazette wasn’t likely to leave Lyon, as the French club played hardball, Arsenal ‘are close to agreeing’ a deal.

His potential arrival, until this is done and dusted nothing can be taken for granted, would come in the wake of Arsenal CEO Ivan Gazidis promising ‘top quality’ arrivals at the Emirates Stadium as he also called for fans to back to decision to extend Arsene Wenger’s contract.

Gazidis was quoted by the Daily Mail: ‘We’re looking for top-quality players. We’ve got three times as many scouts as we had four years ago. I believe that to be a world-class football club you’ve got to be world class off the pitch.’

After the rejected bid talks have progressed, they will continue over the coming days too as Arsenal look to wrap up a deal for French international, prolific goalscorer in Ligue 1, Lacazette, 26.

The BBC also said: ‘However, a deal for Monaco midfielder Thomas Lemar, 21, is less likely after a bid was turned down.’

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