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Alexandre Lacazette is one of the primary targets for Arsenal this summerPhilippe Desmazes/AFP/Getty Images

Arsenal now know exactly what they need to pay to sign Alexandre Lacazette, after Lyon named their asking price for the France international.

In his quest to get back to the top four and even compete for the English Premier League title next season, Arsene Wenger is ready to go all out to try and sign a striker, with Lacazette one of his chief targets.

The 26-year-old has been in terrific form over the last few seasons, leading to interest from several big clubs. Lacazette was set for a move to Atletico Madrid in this summer transfer window, only for a ban to scupper those plans.

That's opened the door for other clubs to try and make a move for Lacazette, with Arsenal in the front of the queue.

Wenger tried to sign Lacazette last summer as well, but balked at Lyon's asking price. That has come down this season, as another season on the player's contract has wound down, and according to the Telegraph, Arsenal, or any other interested club, will have to pay €55 million (£48.6m) for the services of Lacazette.

If you're thinking that isn't too bad, it does come with a slight caveat, with Lyon also wanting a further €12 million (£10.6m) in add-ons.

Even if you add up all the numbers, €67 million for a striker in today's market isn't too bad, and, more importantly, Arsenal certainly have the resources to spend that kind of money for a position they absolutely need to fill before the start of the season.

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France international Kylian Mbappe is another person of interest for ArsenalReuters

The Gunners have already bid €100 million for Kylian Mbappe, and while it looks like Wenger will struggle to convince the teenager that his future lies with Arsenal, Lacazette certainly looks a doable deal.

Mbappe will certainly be the more headline-grabbing signing, but in Lacazette, Arsenal will be getting a striker who has shown he knows where the back of the net is over the past few seasons.

At 26, Lacazette is a player entering the prime of his career, and even if only for three or four seasons, Arsenal might get a player who will give them those 25-30 goals a campaign they so desperately need.

The flipside, of course, is that Lacazette has never played in a league outside France, and as so many players have found out, the English Premier League can be a tricky one to get used to.

But then, French players have impressed in the EPL in the past, none more so than Arsenal's greatest ever goalscorer Thierry Henry.

So, you can see why Wenger is looking at the French market again for that striker.