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The FC panel assess the rumours of Alexandre Lacazette’s imminent move to Arsenal and what he adds to the squad overall.
Arsenal correspondent Mattias Karen explains why Alexandre Lacazette is the striker the Gunners have been waiting for.

Thursday’s latest stories from the world of football in ESPN FC’s What’s Trending…

ARSENAL: The Gunners have signed Alexandre Lacazette from Lyon for a club-record fee, reported to be around €53m. ESPN FC’s Julien Laurens says that Arsene Wenger was on a mission to convince Lacazette that Arsenal were the right club and project for him.

– Former Arsenal goalkeeper Jens Lehmann has confirmed that he will return to the club to take up a coaching role.

EVERTONWayne Rooney is in talks with Everton over a return to Goodison Park this summer, sources have told ESPN FC.

– Olivier Giroud is close to leaving Arsenal for Everton, according to one of the Premier League club’s scouts.

MAN UNITED: Luke Shaw will travel to Los Angeles with Manchester United’s first-team squad on Sunday after impressing the club’s medical staff, sources have told ESPN FC.

BARCELONA: Barcelona have announced that Lionel Messi has agreed a three-year contract extension, committing his future to the club until 2021.

– Pep Guardiola thinks Barcelona will remain “almost unbeatable” while they still have Messi, but says patience will be required when the Argentine star eventually hangs up his boots.

– A Spanish judge has denied former Barcelona club president Sandro Rosell the right to bail while he awaits trial on charges of money laundering.

ATLETICO MADRID: Fernando Torres has ended speculation about his future by signing a one-year contract extension, the La Liga club have announced.

REAL MADRID: Los Blancos have confirmed the signing of Theo Hernandez from rivals Atletico Madrid, with the defender signing a six-year deal with the European champions.

MAN CITY: City want to offload all their senior players who spent last season away from the Etihad Stadium rather than loan them out again, sources have told ESPN FC.

MLS: Sebastian Giovinco had a hand in all of Toronto FC’s goals in a 3-1 win against Orlando City, while there were also wins for New York Red Bulls, Houston Dynamo and Vancouver Whitecaps. FULL REVIEW

UNITED STATES:  Coach Bruce Arena has called up Philadelphia Union midfielder Chris Pontius for the 2017 CONCACAF Gold Cup as an injury replacement for Gent midfielder Kenny Saief.

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