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Lyon set to swoop for Alexandre Lacazette in summer after launching shock January transfer bid for Arsenal striker

LYON are planning to re-sign Arsenal ace Alexandre Lacazette in the summer transfer window.

The Ligue 1 giants tried to bring Lacazette back to the Groupama Stadium last month but a shock move couldn’t be materialised.

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Arsenal ace Alexandre Lacazette has been linked with a return to Lyon this summer transfer windowCredit: Getty
Lyon tried to re-sign Arsenal ace Alexandre Lacazette during last month's January transfer window

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Lyon tried to re-sign Arsenal ace Alexandre Lacazette during last month’s January transfer windowCredit: AFP or licensors

According to L’Equipe, the OL are going to make the striker their “priority” transfer at the end of the season when his contract expires.

The France international, who joined the north Londoners from Lyon in 2017 following a £52million deal, is set to become a free agent as the club hasn’t been able to convince him to extend his stay at the Emirates.

Arsenal manager Mikel Arteta is also likely to lose Eddie Nketiah, whose deal is also running out at the end of the season.

This comes after Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang joined Barcelona for free on Monday’s transfer deadline day.

The Premier League giants and Barca initially negotiated a loan fee but couldn’t agree on Aubameyang’s mammoth £350,000-a-week wages.

Thus, the Gunners simply allowed the striker to leave, cancelling his contract as they did with Mesut Ozil a year ago.

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Arteta’s side wanted to save themselves £26million in the wages which the Gabon international was due over the remaining 18 months of his contract.

Aubameyang fell out of favour and was stripped of the captain’s armband after yet another disciplinary breach.

The Spanish head coach has since been looking for a centre-forward to spearhead his attack and prioritised Dusan Vlahovic, who opted to join Juventus.

Arsenal were also linked with other strikers last month, such as Real Sociedad star Alexander Isak who was spotted in London over the weekend.

The north Londoners also kept tabs on Barcelona’s Ousmane Dembele but the France international reportedly turned them down, just like he did with Tottenham.

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