Arsenal break club record to sign French striker Alexandre Lacazette for £52 million
Arsenal signed France striker Alexandre Lacazette, Lyon for a record price of up to 60 million euros ($ 68 million, 52.56 million pounds), both clubs confirmed Wednesday.
Transfer rates are also a new record for sales for the celebration of Ligue 1, with an initial value of 53 million euros, according to a statement on the Lyon website.
The deal exceeds the 50 million euros that Arsenal paid for Mesut Ozil of Real Madrid in the Emirates in 2013 when he sees Lyon get his biggest sale for the second time in a month after seeing the field environment Corentin Tolisso move to Bayern Munich for 47.5 million euros.
Arsenal said the 26-year-old player had signed a “long-term contract”, British media reported five years. “We are very happy to have Alexander joining our group,” said Arsene Wenger, an Arsenal coach, “and he has been proven over several years to score goals and he is a very effective finisher.”
“On the other hand, he has very interesting technical qualities and a strong character. So he’s a great addition to us and someone who will help him challenge to the next level this season.”
Lacazette hopes the move to Arsenal can help boost his hopes of cementing a place in the France team before next year’s World Cup, having played an international in the last two years.
North London club expects Lacazette to add the much-needed firepower after a disappointing final to the fifth position in the Premier League quarter that saw them miss the Champions League for the first time in 19 years.
He scored 37 goals in all competitions last season, including 28 in just 30 league games.
“I want to give 100 percent in every game, I want to prove that I am worthy of the shirt, I want to do everything possible to ensure we win titles,” said the Arsenal website.
“There are some French players here, which makes it easier to install. I think Arsenal is the club that plays the best football in England, so they really wanted to come here.”
He had been in Lyon since the age of 12 and has scored 129 goals for the top team, including 100 in the Ligue 1 Lacazette, which has made 11 international appearances for France, last season became the first player to score 20 Or more goals in three successive seasons of French Jean-Pierre Papin in 1992.
“I am very happy for the success of Alexander, who, besides being one of the best strikers of Olympique Lyon, is a charming player with whom I felt very close,” Lyon president Jean-Michel Aulas said in Your club statement.
Meanwhile, the firm questions the future of Arsenal Olivier Giroud. The former vanguard of Montpellier is now at the top of the hierarchy of France coach Lacazette, Didier Deschamps but could now fight for a place in Wenger’s Arsenal from XI the pressure of his compatriot.
Giroud has been linked to possible approaches to Everton and West Ham United. But Arsenal fans will be delighted to see Wenger spending a lot in his attempt to face a serious challenge to a first league title since “Invincible” won the 2004 Premier League trophy.