According to a report from CalcioMercato, Alexandre Lacazette is leaving Arsenal this summer and Spanish champions Atletico Madrid have revived their interest in him.
The Colchoneros have been big fans of the Frenchman for years now. They first wanted to sign him he was still at Lyon, and Laca was reportedly keen too. Sky Sports revealed back in 2017 that personal terms had been agreed between the two parties, but Atleti’s transfer ban ruined everything.
Arsenal then secured his signature and he has been a decent player for us over the last four years. However, Laca, praised by Mikel Arteta for being ‘really efficient‘ last season, has entered the final year of his contract, and the Gunners need to make a decision on his future.
Arsenal want to sell Atletico Madrid target Alexandre Lacazette
The report claims that the Gunners have no intention of extending the 30-year-old’s contract. Edu is actively looking to sell him this summer, and Atleti’s interest in him could help us out.
Diego Simeone’s men are on the market looking for a new number nine. Luis Suarez is their only out-and-out striker at the moment, while although Joao Felix and Angel Correa can play there, they are more suited to a second striker role.
Atleti need to replace Moussa Dembele, and Lacazette is viewed as the perfect option. He would be an incredible signing for them, but should Arsenal consider keeping hold of the Frenchman?
The Insider’s View:
Arsenal are almost guaranteed to sell Eddie Nketiah this summer. If the Gunners decide to let Lacazette leave as well, we will have no choice but to dive into the market and sign a new number nine.
Edu is still on the lookout for a new central midfielder, goalkeeper, number 10 and potentially even a right-back. That will cost us a lot of money, which makes you wonder if we’ll have the funds to sign a top-quality striker to replace Lacazette.
If a big offer comes in for Laca, Arsenal will surely accept it. However, if that doesn’t arrive, it might not be a bad idea to keep hold of him, even if that means we’ll lose him for free in 12 months time.