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Arsenal are willing to meet Lyon’s demands for Alexandre Lacazette.

 
Arsenal have indicated to French club Lyon that they are prepared to pay the €40 million (£34.2  million) fee that will trigger talks with the club to sign their striker Alexandre Lacazette.

 
Although Arsenal have lodged their interest, there has been no bid placed by the Gunners yet as they identify Lacazette as the person to solve their striker issues.

 
The 25-year-old rejected the chance to join West Ham United earlier this summer as the club made a series of bids to persuade the French International star.

 
Lacazette has burst onto the scenes in recent season and has netted 72 goals in 173 appearances for Lyon, his impressive form has saw him represent France 10 times scoring one goal.

 
Arsène Wenger, who has been taking time out of his holiday to work as a television pundit during Euro 2016 has reportedly met with Lacazette’s representatives during his time in France.

 
Arsenal are yet to follow through their interest in Lacazette as it seems Wenger is assessing his options before making a serious move.

 
The Gunners will have a fight on their hands to win the signature of Lacazette, with Paris St-Germain not giving up hope in their pursuit of the striker, but to Arsenal’s advantage it remains unlikely he will play for another French club.

 
Atlético Madrid are also said to be interested in signing Lacazette this summer, but only if they part ways with Luciano Vietto.

 
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Guy Smit on the Gunners radar?

 
Arsenal have handed a two-week trial to young Dutch goalkeeper Guy Smit ahead of potentially signing for the Gunners this summer.

 
The promising 20-year-old has decided to not renew his contract with current club NEC Nijmegen and will instead look for a move away this summer.

 
Arsene Wenger, who has always stood by his morals in signing promising youngsters, will give Smit the opportunity to showcase his abilities after the goalkeepers was invited for a trial at Arsenal Training Centre in London Colney.

 
On being offered the trial Smit sad; ‘This opportunity I have to seize,’ Smit told De Gelderlander.

 
Smit is not just on the Gunners radar this summer, Championship outfit Brighton and Hove Albion are also understood to have offered Smit a trial, with the club more willing to offer him first team football which he will not be promised at Arsenal.

 
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Alvaro Morata remains first choice Striker for Arsenal.

 
Arsenal have stepped up their chase for Real Madrid striker Alvaro Morata but will not entertain any potential deal if the club do not lower their £57 million valuation.

 
Arsenal are ready to rival Chelsea this summer in a battle to sign Alvaro Morata, but the European Champions must be more realistic with their asking fee for any deal to materialise.

 
The 23-year-old’s representative Juanma Lopez is set for talks with officials at Madrid this week and Morata would like the chance to prove himself at the Bernabeu.

 
According to Standard Sport, Real Madrid president Florentino Perez is an admirer of Morata and was influential in inserting the £23 million buy-back clause which the club triggered last month to re-sign him from Juventus.

 
Alvaro Morata will play second fiddle to Real Madrid’s first-choice hit=-man Karim Benzema, this could lead to Morata looking for a move elsewhere if he is not given assurances over regular first-team action.

 
Real Madrid have already indicated they will listen to offers for Morata in the knowledge they can make a significant profit on Morata, who is currently not in their immediate plans.

 
The Gunners will be wary of Antonio Conte’s ties with the player, he convined Morata to join Juventus from Real two years ago and has since helped him develop as a player.

 
But like Arsenal, Chelsea are unwilling to meet Real’s £57 million valuation.

 
Wenger himself has monitored Morata for several years and come close to signing him before he signed for Juventus in 2013, Wenger has also traced his progress since he was a teenager in Real Madrid’s youth set-up, and sees Morata as the ideal man to lead the Gunners line.

 
Alvaro Morata is Wenger’s preferred choice this summer as he looks to finally fix Arsenal’s depleted strike force, but Wenger will not wait around and will turn too Alexandre Lacazette as an alternative if a deal fails to progress.

 
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