Wednesday, 5 July 2017

DONE DEAL: Arsenal Sign Lyon's Lacazette For Club-Record Fee

Alexandre Lacazette has become Arsenal's record signing after joining from Lyon in a deal which could be worth up to N21.5 billion (£53 million)
Arsenal confirmed the signing as the France striker pens a five-year deal at the Emirates Stadium.

The former Lyon attacker who had been linked with the Gunners for a while, was at Arsenal's training centre in Hertfordshire on Tuesday to have a medical, with the move finally being completed on Wednesday.
French striker Alexandre Lacazette has been confirmed as an Arsenal player 

The 26-year-old managed to rack up 37 goals in 45 outings last term at Lyon, a record showing he's among the most talented strikers in Europe.
A club statement on Wednesday evening read: "Alexandre Lacazette has agreed to join us on a long-term contract, for an undisclosed fee.  
"He is expected to travel with the tour party to Sydney this weekend and is likely to make his home debut in the Emirates Cup on July 29 or July 30. 

"The deal is subject to the completion of regulatory processes."

Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger said: "We are very happy to have Alexandre join our group. He has shown over a number of years that he can score goals and that he is a very efficient finisher.  

"As well, he has very interesting technical qualities and a strong character. So he is a guy who is a great addition for us, and someone who will help us challenge at the top level this season."
The striker has signed a five-year contract at the Emirates Stadium after leaving Lyon

Lacazette's transfer will smash the Arsenal transfer record which stands at N17.28b (£42.5m) for Mesut Ozil in 2013.

Lyon, his hometown club, will receive N18.7b (£46m) with up to N28.5b (£7m) more in add-ons depending on his success in north London.
Arsenal introduced their new signing via a five-second teaser video on Twitter

His arrival could hasten the departure of his France team-mate Olivier Giroud who is wanted by Everton, West Ham and Marseille.

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