Forget Mbappe – Arsenal open talks over possible move for highly-rated Madrid target

Reports in the media have generated about Atletico Madrid’s interest in signing Lyon striker, Alexandre Lacazette.

The 26-year-old France international was rumored to be close to a move to the Wanda Meteopolitano but Thursday’s failure of Los Rojiblancos to appeal their transfer ban by FIFA has thrown the move to doubt, which has led Arsenal to join the queue for the player.

After signing a new two year contract, manager, Arsene Wenger is looking at big name signings to finally turn the team into serious title challengers, and he believes his compatriot fits the bill perfectly.

Atletico had been close to a £60m dear in what was a sign that Antoine Griezmann was going to Manchester United, but last week’s ruling has changed the landscape.

Griezmann is staying while Lacazette won’t want to wait for six months without playing, as Aleix Vidal and Arda Turan did when they joined Barcelona in the middle of their transfer ban.

Arsenal has long been linked with the player, but a transfer offer could not be reached and the player was not convinced of Arsenal’s ambition of challenging the top teams for the major honors. The Emirates Stadium outfit won’t be in the Champions League next season, but Lacazette has stated that he doesn’t see that as a problem and talks over a move have already been opened which means Wenger is not ready to put all egg in basket by waiting around for a Kylian Mbappe decision.

The 2011 U-20 World Cup superstar is one of the best strikers in Europe, as he has been consistent with the 7-time Ligue 1 champions for the past four years, scoring over 100 goals for his boyhood club.

He is known for his movement, positioning and finishing even in the tightest of spaces. Should Arsene Wenger go on to sign him? he is a massive upgrade on Olivier Giroud and plunder at least 20 league goals a season.