Also in the attacking sector, Arsenal could well lose Alexandre Lacazette (29 years). In 2017, the striker was snatched from his training club, Olympique Lyonnais, for a cheque for 53 million euros plus 7 million bonuses. At the time, it was the biggest sale in Gones history. Three years later, the Lyon native could already leave the English capital where he has scored 47 goals in 119 games in all competitions. After playing under Arsène Wenger one season, Lacazette was then managed by Unai Emery, who often brought him out during the game. Led by Mikel Arteta since Emery’s departure, the Frenchy has scored nine goals in 30 appearances in all competitions this season (22 starts, 5 assists). He remained on a fine three-goal run in his last four games before the 2019-20 suspension following the coronavirus outbreak. Nevertheless, his future is at the heart of the debate.
Lacazette stirs up lust
Under contract until June 2022, he would have a clause that would allow him to leave Arsenal this summer if he does not qualify for the Champions League this season. This will be the case since his club is 9th and far from the qualifying places for the C1. Asked about this last February, the former OL player said: “I’m not aware of it. I have a contract with the club, so there is no intention to leave the club if everyone is happy with me here. A lot of people can talk. There’s always someone to say something, but I don’t think about that. If my boss, my coach and my partners are happy with me, then that’s the most important thing.” Whether or not this clause exists, however, a departure of the Frenchman is not impossible.
In Spain, Atlético de Madrid is thinking of him. The Colchoneros were already close to hosting him in 2017 but they had not been able to sign him since they had been banned from recruitment. Lacazette had finally joined Arsenal. Three years later, the Madrilènes are on the list, especially in the event of Diego Costa’s departure. And the Spaniards already have an idea in mind to convince the Gunners. Indeed, they would intend to include Thomas Lemar, on whom they do not really rely, in the operation. An exchange between the two men is therefore envisaged. The player even inquired about the club from his friend Antoine Griezmann according to Mundo Deportivo. In addition to Atlético, Lacazette is also said to be of interest to Inter. The Nerazzurri would think of him to compensate for the likely departure of Lautaro Martinez and thus to associate him with Romelu Lukaku. Courted, the centre-forward could also decide to stay and finally put everyone in agreement at Arsenal where he still has two years left on his contract. The ball’s in his court!