Napoli ready to join the race for Arsenal target Lacazette

SoccerBy Kevin Palmer
In demand - Lacazette
In demand - Lacazette

Cash-rich Napoli are reported to have joined the race to sign Lyon striker Alexandre Lacazette, after Arsenal’s curiously modest offer of €35m to sign the French striker was hastily rejected.

Napoli are looking to make some big signings following their stunning £75.3m sale of Gonzalo Higuain to Italian rivals Juventus on Tuesday, with Lacazette reported to be one of the names on their wanted list.

Lyon are already believed to have turned down a bid of €40m for Lacazette earlier this summer from West Ham, so it is slightly confusing how Wenger believed he could sign the 25-year-old striker for a smaller fee.

The bid inspired Lyon to release a somewhat embarrassing rebuttal to Wenger’s offer for the Lacazette, as they revealed the price Arsenal had offered for the forward.”

“Arsenal made an offer of €35m which Lyon didn’t accept for one reason alone – we will keep Alexandre Lacazette,” read their statement.

“Lacazette is one of the main leaders of Bruno Genesio’s squad. We categorically deny having received an offer of €48m [£40.2m] from Arsenal for him, as has been reported.”

Wenger responded to the comments from Lyon with a feisty comment of his own as he stated: “Lyon are responsible for their own statements, we like to keep our transfer business secret.”

Lyon are believed to want in excess of €50m for Lacazette and are in no rush to sell, as they look to maximise any possible sale in what is a hugely over-inflated summer transfer market.

Meanwhile, Napoli are tipped to seal the signing of Ajax striker Arkadiusz Milik, but that is unlikely to be their only high profile move in the transfer market after their Higuain windfall.