Alexandre Lacazette, a striker for France, is returning to Lyon.

The 31-year-old attacker, who was out of contract with Arsenal at the end of June, has signed a three-year deal with the seven-time French champions.

Lacazette joined Lyon as a 12-year-old and left for a then-club-record 60 million euros ($64.3 million) in 2017. He spent eight years in the Lyon professional league.

Lacazette made 206 appearances for Arsenal, scoring 71 goals in the process. He had an immediate impression in the Premier League

scoring 94 seconds into his debut and finishing two seasons as Arsenal's top scorer. 

During the closing weeks of his previous season, he was replaced by Eddie Nketiah. Lacazette has a total of 16 caps for France.

Lyon, which finished ninth in the French league this season and last won it in 2008, said Lacazette's comeback has been a priority over the last few months.

"This second off-season signing, which follows Remy Riou's return and the extension of Maxence Caqueret and Anthony Lopes is proof that the club has big intentions to inject a new dynamic around its men's professional group," Lyon said in a statement on Thursday. 

Lacazette's return was revealed amid news that Foster Gillett, the son of former Liverpool owner George Gillett, had agreed to become Lyon's majority shareholder.

Gillett was a director at Liverpool during his father's ownership of the club, which he shared with Tom Hicks, after they purchased it in 2007. 

According to the publication L'Equipe, he has signed an agreement with Lyon president Jean-Michel Aulas, who has been in charge of the club since 1987, worth 600 million euros ($640 million).