Report: Arsenal ‘could sign’ 27 y/o on free transfer to ‘replace Alexandre Lacazette’

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Alexandre Lacazette could be on his way out of Arsenal at the end of the season as his contract expires next summer and he’s not in talks over a new deal. The 30-year-old isn’t commanding a starting place under Mikel Arteta, so it’s hard to see him staying beyond 2022.

Lacazette has scored 67 goals and made 29 assists in 174 games for Arsenal since his arrival from Olympique Lyonnais in 2017, but he’s managed only three Premier League goals from open play since the end of January. His future is up in the air and Fichajes say the Gunners have two options to ‘replace Lacazette’.

One of them is Andrea Belotti – he could become a free agent when the season comes to a close as his deal is up in the coming months. The Italian international joined Torino from US Palermo in 231 appearances in all competitions, scoring 106 goals with 26 assists.

Belotti has endured an injury-hit campaign in 2021/22, however, spending most of the season out with a bruised fibula, so Arsenal haven’t seen a lot of the transfer target for some time. The Gunners had a bid rejected for Belotti in the past and were linked again this summer, but Fichajes’ report doesn’t suggest there’s been recent dialogue over a deal.

They say Belotti ‘could sign free by Arsenal’ after June 2022, but the Premier League outfit are sure to have competition for his signature – the striker has an impressive scoring record in Italy and wouldn’t break the bank with £2.2m-a-year (£42k-per-week) wages.

Arsenal have Lacazette, Gabriel Martinelli, Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, Eddie Nketiah and Folarin Balogun at their disposal, so they’re not lacking in depth. But if Lacazette does leave, the Gunners would surely seek out a prolific replacement.

Summary

Belotti has proven himself in Italy and wouldn’t cost a lot of money to sign, so why wouldn’t Arsenal be keen? The Gunners have finished 8th in the last two seasons and don’t have European football to play this campaign, so they might struggle to beat out stiff competition for coveted talent.