Arsenal will step up their chase for Lyon star Alexandre Lacazette as they fear missing out on Kylian Mbappe, according to reports.
The Monaco star remains Arsene Wenger’s No 1 target but the Gunners believe the chance to play for Real Madrid – and Champions League football – will see them miss out on the teen.
Arsenal had been willing to pay a world record for Mbappe, who scored 26 goals in a stunning debut season and helped Monaco win Ligue 1 and reach the semi-final of the Champions League.
Alexandre Lacazette factfile
- Born in Lyon on May 28, 1991
- Joined hometown club Lyon as a 12-year-old
- After an impressive youth career, made his debut in May 2010 a few weeks shy of his 19th birthday
- Started his career slowly before eventually finding his shooting boots in 2013 – in four seasons since, he has scored 113 goals in 183 matches in all competitions
- Has been named in the Ligue 1 Team of the Year three seasons and was the Ligue 1 Player of the Year and top goalscorer in 2014-15 .
- Scored 37 goals in all competitions and was named in both the Ligue 1 and Europa League teams of the season in 2016-17
- Has played at every level internationally for France, including being a key member of the 2010 U19 Euro winning squad, where he scored the winning goal in the final.
- Has one goal in 11 caps for France at senior level
According to the Daily Mail, Arsenal will now look at Lacazette – who had been set on a move to Atletico Madrid before their transfer embargo.
Lacazette, 26, had a brilliant season last year, scoring 37 goals in 45 matches for Lyon.
Arsenal made a £35million bid for Lacazette last summer that was rejected – the French club will demand significantly more this year.
A fee of around £50m is expected to be needed to secure the striker.
Arsenal had been willing to spend £100m on Mbappe, but Real Madrid are desperate to land the 18-year-old and may spend more.
Arsene Wenger is also interested in bringing in Mbappe’s Monaco team-mate Thomas Lemar to the Emirates.
The 21-year-old, who can play across the forward positions, was brilliant for Leonardo Jardim’s team last season.
He scored 14 goals and added 17 assists in all competitions, but will not come cheap – especially with Bernardo Silva already gone and Mbappe possibly leaving.