According to a report from the Mirror, AS Monaco are eyeing a move for Arsenal star Alexandre Lacazette in the upcoming summer transfer window.
The Ligue 1 outfit, previously managed by Gunners legend Arsene Wenger, are having a very good season. They are currently fourth in the league table, just six points below leaders Lille.
With a spot in the Champions League looking likely next season, Monaco want to sign a quality centre-forward and Lacazette is reportedly high on Niko Kovac’s summer wish list.
The Frenchman knows the Ligue 1 very well. He was one of the best players in France during his time in Lyon, and there is absolutely no doubt about the fact that he will be a huge success if he returns to his home country.
Lacazette has fallen down the pecking order at Arsenal in recent weeks. Mikel Arteta has moved Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang up top and the Gabon star, despite a few poor games here and there, has been scoring goals.
It is unlikely now that Arsenal will change anything up front which means that Lacazette will have to settle for a spot on the bench more often than not.
Arsenal Insider’s view:
Arteta, who labelled Laca as brilliant in December, is undoubtedly a big fan of the former Lyon man, but financial reasons might force Arsenal to sell him this summer.
The Frenchman, who will soon be 30, will enter the final year of his contract this summer. His age might make Arsenal decide against handing him a new deal, and frankly, it would be the right decision.
A return to Ligue 1 would be ideal for Lacazette. He can return home and start games consistently, and Monaco are a club who can afford him. That works out well for all parties, and it won’t be a surprise to see this move materialise in the summer.