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Lacazette could become Arsenal’s most expensive signee

TOP BOY: Alexandre Lacazette

LYON PRESIDENT Jean-Michel Aulas has confirmed Alexandre Lacazette's move to Arsenal should be completed "within the next day or two".

Lacazette is expected to arrive in London within the next 48 hours to complete the club-record £52million move to Arsenal.

The 26-year-old is in the process of finalising personal terms after the two clubs agreed a fee which surpasses the £42.4m figure the Gooners paid Real Madrid for Mesut Ozil in 2013.

Lyon president Jean-Michel Aulas has claimed the transfer is worth about £45m – but according to Standard Sport that figure only totals the guaranteed payments Arsenal have agreed. It is believed that up to a further £7m in add-ons and performance-related bonuses will take the deal to £52m.

While the deal is yet to be completed, Standard Sport reports that Arsenal do not anticipate any difficulties and expect Lacazette to join up with the squad this week. He had previously expressed a desire to join a Champions League club but Wenger has convinced him to move to north London despite an absence of Europe’s premier competition for the first time in 20 years next season.

The free-scoring striker has netted 37 times in 45 games last season and has two years left on his existing Lyon deal.

Lacazette also boasted the highest chance conversion rate in Europe's top five leagues last season (38.9 per cent). His record of 28 league goals last term was more than the combined tally of Arsenal quartet Olivier Giroud, Theo Walcott, Danny Welbeck and Lucas Perez.

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