A source has apparently told The Sun that Everton hitman Romelu Lukaku is Arsène Wenger’s number one choice to revamp Arsenal’s attack this summer.
They also claim Alexandre Lacazette is an alternative and is second on the list.
The report suggests that talks that Arsenal are working hard behind the scenes, having spoken to both the clubs as well as both players’ representatives.
This follows speculation from English papers that Arsenal refuse to meet Madrid’s £57 million valuation of Alvaro Morata, who is believed to be another option on Wenger’s wish list.
One would think that Everton’s asking price for Lukaku could pose a similar problem, but the latest report from The Sun claims that the Merseyside club could be willing to abandon their initial demands for £65 million to settle for £40 million.
The alternative, Lyon striker Lacazette, would cost a similar amount. Either way, it’s looking increasingly likely that the Arsenal boss will have to cough up a sum greater than or close to Arsenal’s transfer record – the £42.5 million paid for Mesut Özil.
The Sun’s source said:
“Arsene is keen to get a new striker in as soon as possible, but won’t rush anything and overspend.
“Olivier Giroud is very much in his plans, but he wants to get someone in and was upset about losing out on Jamie Vardy.”
Both strikers have also attracted interest from Chelsea, but Michy Batshuayi’s arrival at Stamford Bridge could make matters far easier for the Gunners.