Arsenal have been linked with a move for Lyon striker Alexandre Lacazette in recent days, but, for a club that prides itself on not paying over the odds, the sums being mentioned beggar belief.
Depending on the outlet doing the reporting, the Gunners are willing to pay anywhere between £34m and £42m for the 25-year-old, with the Telegraph suggesting the former is the value of his release clause and the Daily Mail suggesting Les Gones will not sell for less than the latter.
While the exact amount the north London club are up for shelling out is about as clear as the average adolescent’s complexion, it seems that even the lower end of the rumoured fees is a bit steep.
There is little doubt Lacazette is prolific scorer capable of creating chances for others, having struck 54 goals in 84 appearances for his home town club over the course of the last two campaigns and assisted 12 more.
However, a couple of alarm bells suggest that he represents poor value for anywhere north of £30m.
Firstly and most currently, his absence from a France squad already shorn of one centre-forward thanks to Didier Deschamps’ decision to overlook Real Madrid star Karim Benzema.
Seemingly overlooked in favour of veteran big man Andre-Pierre Gignac, it would be too simplistic to suggest his omission was simply tactical.
Olivier Giroud remains on hand to provided the target muscle when required and Gignac has looked woefully leaden of thought and deed next to Les Bleus’ otherwise-quicksilver attackers.
Secondly is the supposed value of the Lyon man at the bandied prices, relative to fees being discussed for strikers already proven in the Premier League.
The Gunners triggered the release cause of Jamie Vardy, whose 24 goals in the competitionlast term fired Leicester to the title last term, while circa £30m would likely convince Liverpool to sell Christian Benteke, who hit 42 top-flight strikes in 89 appearances for a side as woeful as Aston Villa.
Giroud, who unlike Lacazette, made France’s Euro 2016 squad, is 2/1 to score at any point inside normal time against Portugal in the competition’s finale.