According to BBC reporter, David Ornstein, Arsenal are no closer to signing the pair of Alexandre Lacazette and Thomas Lemar from Olympique Lyon and Monaco respectively. Gunners fans over the world had been excited after news broke out that Arsene Wenger had prioritized the signing of the France internationals, but the bids for both players have been knocked back by the clubs, as they feel it’s nowhere the valuation of their prized assets, read it online here to know more about their valuation.
Ornstein also claimed on the BBC website that Arsenal are keen on resolving the Alexis Sanchez situation in time before pre-season, as they believe the longer contract talks stall, the higher the possibility that he will leave the club.
It is believed that the priority of Arsenal this summer is to extend the Chilean’s contract, which could be a huge influence in the signing of any other players. Sanchez has his current deal expiring next summer, and has refused to sign a new deal that is nowhere near his £350k a week demands, a figure the Arsenal board don’t want to sanction which they might invite other top stars to demand for huge pay rises as well. The board feels it could have an adverse effect on the club’s finances, and with no Champions League football on offer next season, it wouldn’t make any economic sense to spend that kind of money without a immediate return on investment.
The signings of Lacazette and Lemar hinge in knowing the future of Alexis, as the Gunners are well stocked in the attacking midfield department. Arsenal had a huge bid of €50m rejected for Lacazette by Lyon while Monaco put up a stance that highly rated attacking midfielder, Lemar is not for sale, though there is every possibility that they may go back for both players with increased offers. Sanchez scored 30 goals for Arsenal last season, and is wanted by the likes of Bayern Munich, Chelsea and Manchester City, though it has been mooted that the 13-time English champions won’t sell to any of their domestic rivals.