Report: Striker could leave Arsenal as Serie A club ‘keep an eye’ on situation

Arsenal’s Emirates Stadium by Ank kumar, CC BY-SA 4.0 , via Wikimedia Commons

Alexandre Lacazette is out of contract at Arsenal this summer and has rejected the chance to sign a new deal, so a departure looks on the cards in the coming months. Calciomercato say Juventus might be a potential destination for the 30-year-old as they’re ‘keeping an eye’ on Lacazette’s situation at the Emirates Stadium.

Juventus aren’t short of strikers with Álvaro Morata, Paulo Dybala, Moise Kean, Kaio Jorge and Dusan Vlahovic at their disposal, but Jorge is only 20 years of age and used sparingly while Morata and Kean are on loan until the summer of 2022 and 2023 respectively, so Calciomercato say a permanent arrival as a secondary option to Vlahovic is what they want.

Lacazette joined Arsenal on a five-year deal from Olympique Lyonnais in 2017 and has gone on to make 196 appearances in all competitions, scoring 70 goals with 36 assists. The French international has hit double figures for Premier League goals in every season since 2013, though he only has three league goals in 20 games this campaign.

Arsenal are considering offering Lacazette a much-improved contract to convince him to stay in North London, but it remains to be seen if they’re successful – the 30-year-old was linked with a move to Atletico Madrid and AS Roma this time last year too.

Lacazette’s departure could leave Mikel Arteta short of attackers ahead of the 2022/23 campaign, as Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang was released and moved on to Barcelona while Eddie Nketiah’s contract expires in the coming months – he doesn’t appear keen to extend his stay at the Emirates beyond this summer.

Summary

Arsenal could end up losing Aubameyang and Lacazette in two consecutive transfer windows without getting a transfer fee. The Gunners will save money on wages but will have spent more than £100m on the pair that they’ll never get back. Whether Juve capitalise on the situation is unknown though.