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Alexandre Lacazette closing in on joining Atletico Madrid

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Arsenal and Tottenham set to lose out on Lyon Star Striker Alexandre Lacazette to Atletico Madrid.

Arsenal have been given a boost in their pursuit of Lyon striker Alexandre Lacazette after the French club’s president, Jean-Michel Aulas, warned Atletico Madrid he is not guaranteed to move to the Spanish capital.

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Reports have indicated Lacazette, 25, wants a move to Atletico.The striker, who has scored 30 goals for Lyon this season, has been linked with a host of Premier League clubs but now looks set on a move to Spain.

The 25-year-old has long been mooted to move to the Premier League but French newspaper L’Equipe says Diego Simeone is chasing hard.

Speaking earlier this week, Lacazette appeared to issue an ultimatum to Arsenal – who have been linked with him since last summer and had a bid rejected.

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The Frenchman admits he is likely to leave the club, but made it clear he wants Champions League football.

Lacazette still has more than two years remaining on his contract, so Lyon can demand big money for him in the summer.

Lacazette said: “The team I join will have to be in the Champions League and play good football.Passing the ball, not just hitting it from box to box. Not kick and rush. That would not work for me.

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“This summer I might go for a breath of fresh air and try something different, always with the idea of progressing in football and as a person. I’m going to keep working, with the hope that good opportunities come for me this summer.”