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 Post subject: Alexandre Lacazette
PostPosted: Tue Jul 26, 2016 12:36 pm 
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Arsenal offer for Lacazette rejected, club confirm
http://www.football365.com/news/arsenal ... ub-confirm - 26 July 2016

Arsenal have had a €35m (£29m) offer for Alexandre Lacazette rejected, French club Lyon have confirmed.

Lacazette has been the subject of intense speculation this summer, with Arsene Wenger having previously been non-committal when asked of his opinion on the French striker.

Lyon confirmed a fortnight ago that Arsenal had not made an approach for the 25-year-old, but the French club have now disclosed information of a formal bid from the Premier League side.

The club released an official statement, which said:

‘Lyon categorically deny having received a 48m euro offer for the transfer of Alexandre Lacazette as reported by ‘Le Progres’ this morning.

‘The club regrets that once more ‘Le Progres’ has not taken the time to contact it before publishing this false information which creates confusion on the day that the Olympique Lyonnais group publishes it’s annual turnover of 218.1m Euros, an increase of 111% on 2014/15 figures.

‘The reality is that Arsenal Football Club formulated a 35m Euros offer which Olympique Lyonnais has not considered for the sole reason that OL will keep Alexandre Lacazette who is considered irreplaceable and one of the key leaders of Bruno Genesio’s squad.’

We tipped Lacazette to Arsenal as one of five sensible transfer rumours that won’t happen. ‘While Lacazette could be the potent focal point able to at least compete with Olivier Giroud for a starting position as centre forward, Arsene Wenger will not spend such vast amounts of money on a relatively unproven commodity, one who did not even make a France Euro 2016 squad in which Giroud was the centrepiece,’ it says here. Hmm.

Lacazette scored 23 goals in 44 games for Ligue Un runners-up Lyon last season, and has 63 league goals across the past three seasons.

At least it shows we're trying but we're going to need to be more aggressive, especially with Lyon as I don't think our relations are exactly friendly.


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 Post subject: Re: Alexandre Lacazette
PostPosted: Wed Jul 27, 2016 7:08 am 
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L'Equipe reports today that we will make an improved bid for Lacazette worth over €40m.


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 Post subject: Re: Alexandre Lacazette
PostPosted: Wed Jul 27, 2016 9:56 am 
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Is he even that good? Underwhelming.


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 Post subject: Re: Alexandre Lacazette
PostPosted: Wed Jul 27, 2016 10:01 am 
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If you look at the strikers who are available for under the 80m then Lacazette will be probebly the best option.
I also like that he's a different kind of striker then Giroud is, so they can play together but also we can play different kind of tactics.
Lyon knows that he want to move so I think the offer will be accepted.

If you are looking to the rumours and IF they are to be true then we are also after Mayrez and a new central defender, Mustafi. IF we can all three then we on paper the best squad in the PL.


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 Post subject: Re: Alexandre Lacazette
PostPosted: Sat Jul 30, 2016 10:52 pm 
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We are paying waaaaaaaay over the odds if we bid 40million for this dude. He is worth around 13 million max!!! The transfer market has gone crazy and it's so sad to see. He wasnt even that good last season but still managed to hit 20 goals. I'd rather give Akpom or Sanogo a chance than get this guy for 40 million.


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 Post subject: Re: Alexandre Lacazette
PostPosted: Sun Jul 31, 2016 3:25 am 
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Agree with most of that TSE, especially when a couple of media sources suggested that Everton were expecting around £75 million for Lukaku, but while I haven't seen anything of Lacazette and pinned my (forlorn) hopes on Aubameyang, in no way should Akpom or Sanogo be anywhere near the first team.

Akpom did nothing at Hull a level down and Sanogo? It truly is unbelievable that he represents our club and even more so that we once needed him to lead the line in the CL against Bayern Munich. When Palace are releasing Chamakh because he isn't good enough for them yet we signed him first, it shows that our buy a cheap striker tactic isn't that reliable. If we get Lacazette and he is shit, at least in this ridiculous market we will have a chance to palm him off on someone else, whereas we are stuck with Sanogo and seem to be with Walcott.


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 Post subject: Re: Alexandre Lacazette
PostPosted: Sun Jul 31, 2016 9:55 am 
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The striker market is absolutely dead at the moment. There are hardly any consistent goal scorers on the market who are available for a decent fee. It's best we go for up and coming potential than spend 40 million just for the sake of it.


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 Post subject: Re: Alexandre Lacazette
PostPosted: Sun Jul 31, 2016 10:42 am 
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What would define as a "decent fee" then. If you want quality you have to pay for it, rightly or wrongly that is the simple facts of the matter. You can't get anyone of any quality for 30-35 mil these days, that's your starting point. It's no point moaning about it you either embrace it or fall by the way side. As for Akpom and Sanogo I just find it crazy we have people like this on our staff but then again we've just taken another cheap punt on a Japanese player. Gazidis saying about not being able to make expensive mistakes is he suggesting it's OK to risk making a cheap one?


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 Post subject: Re: Alexandre Lacazette
PostPosted: Sun Jul 31, 2016 12:57 pm 
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What would define as a "decent fee" then. If you want quality you have to pay for it, rightly or wrongly that is the simple facts of the matter. You can't get anyone of any quality for 30-35 mil these days, that's your starting point. It's no point moaning about it you either embrace it or fall by the way side. As for Akpom and Sanogo I just find it crazy we have people like this on our staff but then again we've just taken another cheap punt on a Japanese player. Gazidis saying about not being able to make expensive mistakes is he suggesting it's OK to risk making a cheap one?


There's no guarante that 30-40 million is going to get you quality. Man City spent 45 million on Sterling last season and he didn't make the blindest bit of difference to their squad. It's clubs like Man City/Man Utd that are driving up the price in the market to ludicrous levels. What is the point of having youth teams if you are not going to use them.


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 Post subject: Re: Alexandre Lacazette
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Indeed but you're rather more likely to than just persisting with bargain basement punts in the hope you might unearth something. How many decent players have come through our academy in recent years. Gibbs and Wilshere? Loads go out on loan each year but none really pull up any trees.


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manuhater wrote:
Indeed but you're rather more likely to than just persisting with bargain basement punts in the hope you might unearth something. How many decent players have come through our academy in recent years. Gibbs and Wilshere? Loads go out on loan each year but none really pull up any trees.


Iwobi, Reine Adelaide, Willock? Akpom? The striker market is sooooo depressing that you probably are better off going for 'cheap punts', as you say like Asano.


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 Post subject: Re: Alexandre Lacazette
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manuhater wrote:
Indeed but you're rather more likely to than just persisting with bargain basement punts in the hope you might unearth something. How many decent players have come through our academy in recent years. Gibbs and Wilshere? Loads go out on loan each year but none really pull up any trees.

Yeah, our academy is absolutely depressing.

If we're absolutely desperate - and only then - I'd prefer us to sign someone like Mario Gomez. He might be a player type similar to Giroud, but he's available for peanuts now and could give Giroud some breathing space every now and then. Probably a better option than someone like Sanogo, Akpom, or Asano - with all due respect to them.


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 Post subject: Re: Alexandre Lacazette
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I was thinking Gomez a couple of weeks ago when the news came up that he was refusing a move to Besiktas. A short term solution but as Jules says, is a higher quality option than we have available even factoring in Walcott or Campbell in that position. It would be uninspiring but as least it gives us an option.


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£25m would get us Saito Berainho. By far the best option we have right now not just that but potentially a quality one.


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£25m would get us Saito Berainho. By far the best option we have right now not just that but potentially a quality one.


I'd take a punt on him. I dunno about 25m though. 12.5m-15m max for me.


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