Arsenal boss Mikel Arteta and Edu have a lot to consider ahead of the summer transfer window. All the focus will be on potential incomings, but we have multiple internal problems to deal with first.
One of those is the future of Alexandre Lacazette.
The Frenchman will enter the final year of his contract this summer. He has been brilliant for us recently, but the fact that he will turn 30 soon will play a huge part in Arsenal’s decision about his future.
Arteta has always stated that he is happy with Lacazette. He claimed at the start of this month that talks about the striker’s future will take place soon (Goal), and it looks like the Arsenal boss has made up his mind.
ESPN claim today that Arteta wants to extend Lacazette’s contract. He wants to the Frenchman to stay put beyond this summer, and it is now up to Edu to find a way to get the former Lyon man to commit his future to the club.
However, it’s not just Arteta who is a big fan of Lacazette.
Three top European clubs want to sign Lacazette
Italian giants AS Roma and La Liga duo Atletico Madrid and Sevilla are all interested in signing Lacazette from Arsenal in the summer transfer window.
Atleti are favourites to win the Spanish championship this term, while Sevilla are almost certain to finish in the top-four. Roma are just five points away from a Champions League place as well, which puts all three clubs in a better footballing position than Arsenal.
If the Gunners fail to win the Europa League, Lacazette may well consider joining one of the three interested clubs to feature in the Champions League again.
That may not be what Arteta wants, but it is a very real possibility in a few months time.