Arsenal are poised to announce the club record £52m signing of Alexandre Lacazette from Lyon after the prolific marksman underwent his medical yesterday.
Lacazette, who is set to cost the Gunners an initial £46m with add-ons pushing the figure above the £50m-mark, is primed to become the club’s second signing of the summer following the capture of wing-back Sead Kolasinac from Schalke.
France international Lacazette, 26, has scored a combined 129 goals in 275 appearances for the Ligue 1 outfit since breaking into the first-team during the 2009-10 campaign, while his tally of 28 league goals last term was bettered only by Paris Saint-Germain’s Edinson Cavani.
Former Arsenal full-back Nigel Winterburn, meanwhile, believes the impending arrival of Lacazette may persuade contract rebel Alexis Sanchez to stay at the club.
Sanchez’s existing deal at Emirates Stadium expires at the end of next season and so far talks have failed to resolve the deadlock. Manchester City, Chelsea and Bayern Munich have all been credited with an interest in the 28-year-old Chilean.
“I hope the Lacazette deal leaves Sanchez at the club,” said Winterburn. “He can play on the left, up front or in the hole. Arsenal cannot afford to bring in Lacazette then two weeks later Sanchez leaves.
“I am hoping [Arsene] Wenger can persuade him to stay for another season, see what happens with the team and then sign a new contract.”