Transfer Shorts

Arsenal boss Arsène Wenger has remained coy on his interest of Olympique Lyonnais striker Alexandre Lacazette in comments made to French television channel Canal+ Sport.

The Gunners are on the hunt for a new striker after seeing primary target Jamie Vardy confirm his stay at Leicester City with a new four-year-contract.


Lacazette becomes one of many strikers to be linked with Arsenal in the past month but Wenger did, however, refuse to rule out a move for the 25-year-old Lyon star.

“I neither confirm or deny interest, if I say that I like the player it starts speculation,” Wenger said.

Lyon’s valuation of Lacazette is believed to be in the region of £45 million, which has already scared away early interest from West Ham United this summer.

Since the start of the 2014/2015 season, Lacazette has found the back of the net 54 times in 84 appearances.

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Japanese striker Takuma Asano has confirmed he has been approached by Arsenal, following the circulation of reports suggesting the Gunners had made bid for the 21-year-old.

Asano has just four international caps to his name, which could complicate his application for a work permit, but the Sanfrecce Hiroshima man appears to be ready for the move nonetheless.


“I was a little stunned [by Arsenal’s offer], but I feel I have the confidence to succeed wherever I go,” Asano said.

“If I am loaned elsewhere, my take on it is that I give it 100%.”

Asano scored 17 times for Sanfrecce last season en route to the club’s conquest of the J-League title in December 2015, as the Arsenal target picked up the Rookie of the Year award.

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Turkish champions Besiktas are looking to hold talks with Arsenal within the next few days to discuss a potential move for the Gunners’ back-up goalkeeper David Ospina.

The Colombia international forced his way into the Arsenal XI in the 2014/2015 season, but saw his appearances diminish to just 12 in the following campaign after the arrival of Petr Čech from Chelsea a year ago.


Besiktas are in search of a new goalkeeper, as confirmed by club president Fikret Orman, and will now look to reignite their interest in Ospina, who was linked throughout last summer with a move to Turkey.

Turkish outlet Takvim claim representatives from Besiktas will soon fly out to London in a bid to lure the Copa America star away from the Emirates Stadium.

Ospina joined Arsenal from Ligue 1 club OGC Nice in 2014 for a fee of £3 million after impressing both in French football and throughout Colombia’s 2014 World Cup campaign in Brazil.

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Patrick Ribeiro

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