Transfer Shorts (26/07/16)

Arsenal are prepared to up their bid for Olympique Lyonnais striker Alexandre Lacazette to €40 million after Lyon’s public snub, according to L’Équipe.

Lyon confirmed on Tuesday in their official club statement that they had rejected a £29.3 million bid from Arsenal for Alexandre Lacazette.

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The 25-year-old striker has been linked to the Gunners various times throughout the month of July, more recently via Lyon-based newspaper Le Progrès who claimed Arsenal had offered €48 million for the in-demand Frenchman.

In a clear response to Le Progrès, Lyon clarified that the only offer they had received from Arsenal for Lacazette was one worth £29.3 million, a bid that was swiftly rejected.

But according to reports in both France and England, the “irreplaceable” Lacazette may have a price on his head after all, with Arsenal moving a step closer towards paying it.

L’Équipe report the Gunners will reportedly return with an improved offer of €40 million (£33.5 million), despite the key figure often touted in France to prize the Lacazette away from Lyon being €60 million (£50.1 million).

Alternatively, the Daily Mirror believe that the Ligue 1 club will demand £40 million plus bonuses, which could suggest there’s a middle ground to be found between both parties.

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Arsenal are to step up their hunt for a new centre back in response to Per Mertesacker’s latest injury lay-off, according to the Daily Mirror.

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The German defender is thought to have seriously damaged his knee ligaments and could be out for at least five months.

The Gunners were already expected to be looking at potential defensive reinforcements, but Mertesacker’s injury, noting that Laurent Koscielny will also miss the start of the season due to his lengthy participation in Euro 2016 for France, has only served to heighten Arsenal’s urgency.

As per the Daily Mirror, Shkodran Mustafi, reportedly offered to A.C. Milan by Valencia, headlines Arsenal’s shortlist, meanwhile Hoffenheim defender Fabian Schär is also being looked at.

Plans to loan out Calum Chambers have been put on hold, with the Englishman set to line up alongside new signing Rob Holding in Arsenal’s US tour.

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Toulouse striker Wissam Ben Yedder could be set to sign for either Arsenal or Sevilla in the coming hours, Canal+ claim.

Ben Yedder, who has a year left on his current deal, has been promised a hassle-free getaway from Toulouse after his 17-goal season helped steer his club away from Ligue 1’s relegation zone.

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Sevilla had placed a deal worth £8 million plus bonuses on hold, but according to Canal+ journalist Ludo Deroin, the Spanish club are set to reignite their interest.

Keeping Sevilla company in the race for Ben Yedder’s signature are Arsenal who, according to Deroin, are just as likely to land the striker in the coming hours.

Interestingly enough, Olympique Lyonnais president Jean-Michel Aulas also confirmed his interest in the 25-year-old to FootMercato on the very same day the club publicly announced the rejection of the Arsenal’s bid for Alexandre Lacazette and the Gunners, reportedly, entered the frame for Ben Yedder.

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