Arsenal could yet sign Alexandre Lacazette.
Although Arsenal fans had their patience tested during the transfer window, they ultimately came away content.
Despite failing to sign Jamie Vardy and Riyad Mahrez, the Gunners eventually secured the services Lucas Pérez, Shkodran Mustafi, Rob Holding and Granit Xhaka.
However, they failed to land a consistent goal scorer who would challenge Olivier Giroud for a place in the starting XI. Indeed, signing a proven centre forward appeared to be one of Arsenal’s main goals in the transfer window.
Although they may yet move for a striker in January, their failure to sign an alternative to Giroud may yet count against the Gunners at the end of the season.
Nevertheless, it would appear that one of Arsenal’s main transfer targets will not be committing himself to Lyon in the way we imagined last month.
Despite declaring his willingness to sign a new contract with the French club, Alexandre Lacazette is now insisting on the insertion of a release clause enabling him to leave.
While this might excite many Arsenal fans, according to L’Equipe, the release clause will only be triggered if Lyon are offered €70 million.
However, as minimum release clauses are illegal in the French league, any such arrangement would be a gentleman’s agreement between the club and player.
Given the pace at which Lacazette has started the season for Lyon, that price may yet prove to be a bargain.