Arsenal and Paris Saint-Germain are leading the race to sign Lyon star Alexandre Lacazette. Both clubs are looking to bring in a striker in the summer transfer window in order to strengthen their attack for the 2016/17 season.
According to L'Equipe via talkSPORT, the Gunners' league rivals Tottenham Hotspur and West Ham United also want to land the 25-year-old. However, no deal has been struck.
Lacazette is aware that he is attracting interest from clubs from Europe and is looking forward to leave Lyon this summer. He has set his sights on joining a club that are willing to match his ambitions and that is the reason he has decided to snub advances from Tottenham and the Hammers as he is hoping to receive offers from Arsenal and PSG.
The Mirror reported that Wenger has already held talks his agent, who is valued at around £45m ($60.2m). The north London boss has however refused to rule out a move for Lacazette this summer.
"I can neither confirm or deny interest [in Lacazette]. If I say that I like the player it starts speculation," Wenger told Canal+ Sport, as quoted by the Evening Standard.
Lacazette earlier admitted that he has not made a decision on his future and explained the criteria for him to join a new club.
"I haven't made my decision. I'm going to go on holiday and leave my agent to talk, to look after all of that," ESPN quoted Lacazette as saying.
"I won't be unsettled by it. It's not going to worry me at all. As soon as I have decided, I want everything to be sorted out quickly. That's a good question.
"The main criteria will be to enjoy myself. I could stay at Lyon and have a rotten season just as I could leave and have an exceptional season. Everything depends on the destination, in fact. If I go to a club where there are six centre-forwards, it's not the same if I am the number one," he said.
"You don't turn down Barca and Real. But today, it's not 50/50 if I stay or go, it's zero percent. I'm not thinking about that. I'm going to enjoy being with the France team, and I'll think about that later."