Arsenal are hoping to offload several senior players in an attempt to freshen up their squad ahead of their Premier League opener against newly-promoted Brentford in less than three weeks’ time.
The Gunners are reportedly looking to get a number of high-profile players of the books, with the likes of Willian, Lucas Torreira and Ainsley Maitland-Niles all seemingly surplus to requirements at the Emirates Stadium.
Another name that could be allowed to leave this summer is French striker Alexandre Lacazette, who has just 12 months remaining on his current deal with the club.
The 30-year-old enjoyed a relatively fruitful season last time out, bagging 17 goals and three assists across all competitions, a solid return considering he was named in Mikel Arteta’s starting XI just 28 times last term.
However, the Spaniard may be tempted to sell the former Lyon hitman if the right offer comes in and The Sun have claimed that the north London club would be willing to part ways with Lacazette if they received just £15million for his services this summer, despite the fact that Transfermarkt value him at £25.2m and he was signed for a then club-record £46.5m in 2017.
football.london understands that Spanish outfit Atletico Madrid attempted to sign the Frenchman last summer but a move eventually failed to materialise as they were unwilling to cough up what the Gunners wanted in transfer fees.
Still, Diego Simeone’s men are reportedly set to revive their interest in the mercurial forward this summer, according to ESPN, via the Daily Mail.
Arsenal have been notorious for being unable to recoup large transfer sums for players who don’t have long-term deals with the club but they will be hoping they can repeat the transfer trick they utilised back in 2017 when they sold Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain to Liverpool.
Like Lacazette, Oxlade-Chamberlain was going into the final year of his contract at the Emirates but the north London side were able to garner interest from both Chelsea and Liverpool in the Englishman, igniting a bidding war that eventually saw the Reds pay a £35m for his services, despite the fact they could have waited and got him on a free just 12 months later.
It is now over to chief executive Edu to look to raise more interest alongside Atletico’s in Lacazette in an attempt to drive up the fee and raise considerable funds for a creative midfielder in the coming weeks.
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Source by Football London