According to Sky Sports, Atletico Madrid are considering a swoop for Alexandre Lacazette.
The Spanish club have been without the services of Diego Costa for quite a while now, and the former Chelsea striker is set to be out for further two months. His injury has effectively left head coach Diego Simeone with Alvaro Morata as the only option for the position furthest up the pitch, and he plans to counter the problem by dipping into the transfer market this month.
Simeone’s first choice was apparently Edinson Cavani. The 32-year-old’s contract with Paris Saint-Germain expires in the summer and there will not be a new one, which leaves him free to arrange a free transfer for the summer even now, if he so wishes. But Atletico’s need is much more urgent than that, and PSG sporting director Leonardo reportedly confirmed a bid was made to allow Cavani to leave six months early, which the Ligue 1 champions rejected. Apparently, PSG are not only keen on keeping Cavani for the rest of the season and willing to lose him for free in the summer, but they’re also unwilling to help Atletico Madrid, whom they see as potential rivals for the elusive Champions League glory, to strengthen their lines.
With Cavani, therefore, set to stay at the Parc des Princes a little longer, Atletico are looking at Lacazette as a potential alternative.
At this point in Arsenal’s transition phase, this situation, if the report is correct, should be a worrying sign for Mikel Arteta and the club’s hierarchy. Lacazette is an important cog in the Gunners’ forward line, which is about the only part of the team that hasn’t been doubted very often. Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang has already been linked with both Real Madrid and Barcelona, and now Atletico Madrid want Lacazette? It might just be that these European giants have started looking at Arsenal as a car that had its day under the sun but may have a few parts worth picking off, and it shouldn’t be too hard to do. They play in the Champions League regularly, they play to win it, and they’re constantly competing for league titles – which means they have a lot to offer that Arsenal don’t.
This is a scenario that the Gunners MUST AVOID AT ALL COSTS, but to do that, the results have to improve and quickly. They play away to Chelsea next and it’s certainly a big challenge, but it would also be a great place to start winning.
They can be backed at a huge 7/2 to leave Stamford Bridge on Tuesday evening with three points in the bag.