Arsenal's first major signing of the summer came in the form of a French striker in Alexander Lacazette, while Manchester United added to Victor Lindelof by signing Romelu Lukaku from Everton this morning.
Earlier in the week, Arsenal broke their transfer record, signing Lacazette for a fee in the region of £52 million. He claims that the player who persuaded him to join the Gunners was his French teammate in Francis Coquelin.
As for Lukaku, Manchester United have signed the transfer subject to a medical and personal terms. Over the last week, United and Chelsea have both been battling it out for the Belgium international. Last night, Chelsea matched United's bid however they wouldn't pay the agent fees and nowadays, that is a very important part in a transfer.
Many people have been comparing Lukaku to Lacazette and I will take a look at who I believe is the better signing.
First of all, Lukaku has been playing in the Premier League for almost the entirety of his professional career whereas Lacazette has never played in England before. Not only has Lukaku got Premier League experience but he has also scored 53 goals over the past three seasons, just missing out on the golden boot last season.
On the other hand, Lacazette has scored 76 goals in the last 3 seasons for Lyon. Although the French league is nowhere near as competitive as the Premier League, scoring this many goals is a massive achievement and he is certainly a top striker.
Lukaku is a very physical player who possesses an aerial threat as well as the ability to dribble with the ball while holding off defenders at pace. This allows him to face the goalkeeper one on one where he will most likely hit the back of the net.
Like Zlatan Ibrahimović, Lukaku fits the role of a traditional number 9; fast, strong and big, they win headers and score plenty of goals.
The only problem with this type of player is the fact that they tend to go missing now and again. One of Lukaku's major problems last season was the fact that he went missing against many of the big sides. Many people also see his goals as 'pointless' due to the fact that Everton would have still finished 7th had he not scored any goals at all.
This may be the case, however, he scores goals against teams such as Hull and Bournemouth, both of which United drew to last season. As well as this, United's players will provide him with better service through the likes of Paul Pogba compared to Everton's midfielders such as Ross Barkley.
Another issue that has been pointed out by fans and is his poor first touch. Mark Goldbridge from Man United's stand commented on how 'fans will have to buy safety glasses to prevent them from his first touch'. Other fans claimed that 'his first touch took him from Chelsea to United'.
As for Lacazette, he is also very pacey. Although he is not as physical as Lukaku, his finishing is outstanding and his goal scoring record shows this.
He has the ability to bring the ball down with a good first touch and then find the back of the net. His aerial ability lets him down in front of goal however, only being 5"9.
Next season's Golden Boot will be hard fought amongst the league's top strikers including both Lacazette and Lukaku. I believe that Lukaku edges it slightly as he has Premier League experience and he is almost three years younger but Lacazette will definitely help Arsenal towards a top four finish and Champions League football.