With Manchester United, Manchester City, and Chelsea ready to redeem their poor season by hiring a new coach, Arsenal can’t sit still and watch those three clubs fight it out for the Premier League crown.
The Gunners have been on the look out for a new top striker, and several big names have been mentioned. Now, according to a report by The Sun, Gunners boss Arsene Wenger has held talks with Everton striker Romelu Lukaku and Lyon forward Alexandre Lacazette as he looks to bolster the Arsenal attack.
Lukaku provided 25 goals and seven assists in 46 appearances in all competitions last season for Everton and hit the net twice at Euro 2016. He’s been linked to a bunch of major European clubs, with the Toffees reportedly putting a huge price tag of £75 million on his head.
Lacazette, who was surprisingly left home from Euro 2016 and is valued at £45 million, scored 23 goals in all competitions last season, including 21 in the French top flight. He’s ready to leave Lyon after coming through the youth ranks of the Ligue 1 club and making his senior debut on May 5, 2010.
However, both strikers are alternatives to Arsenal’s top target: Alvaro Morata. According to a report by Don Balon (via The Express), the Gunners are ready to offer the Spain international a weekly salary of £144,000 to persuade the Real Madrid striker to move to the Emirates Stadium.
Chelsea have also been linked to Morata. However, The Evening Standard reports that the Blues are unwilling to meet Los Blancos’ £57 million valuation and will only enter a bidding war if Diego Costa pushes through a move back to Atletico Madrid.