AS Roma boss Jose Mourinho is interested in signing Arsenal star Alexandre Lacazette this summer, claims Gazzetta dello Sport.
The self-proclaimed ‘special one’ seems determined to sign at least one Arsenal player in this window. Rumours led us to believe that it would be Granit Xhaka, but a move for the Swiss international collapsed after Roma refused to meet our asking price.
Xhaka is set to stay at Arsenal now and he’s expected to sign a new contract soon as well. Mourinho has moved on from the Swiss international, but he now wants to target Lacazette, who has less than a year left on his contract at the Emirates.
Mourinho wants Lacazette, but it’s unlikely to happen
Lacazette, labelled as a ‘fantastic finisher’ by Virgil van Dijk, really would be excellent under Mourinho. He can drop deep, hold the ball up, bring other players into the game and he works tirelessly for the team even when things aren’t going his way.
It is no surprise that Mourinho likes him, but a move is very unlikely this summer.
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The report claims that Lacazette is only willing to leave Arsenal if a real big club wants him. He wants to return to the Champions League if he ends up moving, and Roma can’t offer that to him.
To make things worse, the report hints that the relationship between Arsenal and the Giallorossi is at an ‘all-time low’. That’s after the Granit Xhaka saga, which dragged on for over a month, only for the Swiss international to stay at the Emirates.
That complicates things for Roma, but even if they manage to overcome those two hurdles, a bigger one awaits them. If the Italians could not afford Xhaka, then there’s no way they can meet our demands for Lacazette.
Yes, the Frenchman has entered the final year of his contract, and yes, Arsenal would like to sell him. However, we are expected to demand a fee of around £20 million for Laca, perhaps even £25 million.
That will likely be beyond Roma’s reach and Mourinho will have to look elsewhere as a result.