Arsenal star Alexandre Lacazette to be used in a player-plus-cash deal for top Star
Alexandre Lacazette is reportedly becoming more open to leaving Arsenal in January amid a lack of playing time.
The Frenchman has made just one substitute appearance in the Premier League so far this season – the 5-0 defeat to Manchester City – and he didn’t make the starting XI for their two Carabao Cup clashes.
With Arsenal not competing in Europe this term there is less need for Mikel Arteta to rotate his team and that’s left Lacazette looking at his options.
According to ESPN, Atletico Madrid, Juventus and Sevilla are among the clubs who have expressed an interest in the forward.
The report states he could even be used in a player-plus-cash deal in order for Arsenal to sign a replacement and the Gunners have previously scouted Sevilla forward Youssef En-Nesyri.
En-Nesyri scored 18 goals in La Liga last season and already has three in six games to his name this term.
But he is contracted with the Spanish giants until 2025, meaning they are not under pressure to sell.
As for Lacazette, his contract in north London is up at the end of the season and there is currently no offer on the table to renew.
Arsenal are thought to be open to selling in January so they receive a fee instead of letting him leave for free in the summer and Lacazette is now coming round to the idea of a fresh challenge in the new year.
Arteta insists Lacazette remains part of his plans but it’s no secret the likes of Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, Emile-Smith Rowe and Gabriel Martinelli are preferred.
‘No, he’s fully involved,’ Arteta said last month.
‘You give the reasons why he hasn’t played more minutes and he will be back to the form that he can achieve.
‘I am sure that he will be instrumental in our success.’
Lacazette will be hoping to play his part in their trip to Brighton tomorrow evening.