Football: Lyon striker Alexandre Lacazette on the verge of blockbuster £44m Arsenal move

Lacazette reacts after scoring a goal during the French L1 football match between Lyon (OL) and Nice (OGCN) on May 20, 2017.
Lacazette reacts after scoring a goal during the French L1 football match between Lyon (OL) and Nice (OGCN) on May 20, 2017.PHOTO: AFP

LONDON (REUTERS) - Lyon striker Alexandre Lacazette underwent a medical at Arsenal on Tuesday with a view to a £44 million (S$79 million) move, British media reported.

The deal should be completed before Arsene Wenger's squad flies to Australia on Sunday for a pre-season tour and will be a club-record fee, beating the £42.5 million Arsenal paid Real Madrid for German playmaker Mesut Ozil in 2013.

Lacazette's arrival is Wenger's first piece of significant business in the transfer window and follows the promise from the club's chief executive Ivan Gazidis last week that "top quality" summer signings would arrive this summer.

Arsenal are now likely to end their widely reported interest in Monaco striker Kylian Mbappe.