Lacazette returns to Lyon on a free transfer from Arsenal

Former French international Alexandre Lacazette returned to Ligue 1 side Lyon on a free transfer five years after joining Arsenal for a club’s record stake of £ 46.5m ($ 58m).

The 31-year-old striker underwent medical examinations on Wednesday before signing a three-year contract with the club where he made a name for himself after joining the youth academy.

Lyon said in a statement that Lacazette’s return was a priority for several months in order to “instill a new dynamic” in the team that finished a disappointing eighth in last season’s league.

Lacazette – 16 appearances from 2013 to 2017 – scored 129 goals in 275 games in his previous stint at Lyon before Arsenal called in 2017, when Arsene Wenger was still in charge.

The deal – up to £ 52.6 million with add-ons – surpassed the £ 42.4 million paid by Arsenal to Real Madrid for Mesut Ozil in 2013.

He went on to score 71 goals in 206 appearances for the Gunners by winning the FA Cup in 2017 and was a member of the team that lost in the 2019 Europa League final.

He was given the captain role last season after Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang – who has since moved to Barcelona – was stripped of it due to a disciplinary violation.

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