As another summer slowly creeps nearer, transfer rumours, mostly speculation of course, spread around by media outlets across Europe, are gradually overwhelming the screens of football fans. It’s one of the few things the Covid-19 pandemic hasn’t been able to put a stop to. Arsenal are a frequent subject, or rather target, of such stories.
In terms of potential departures, Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang is the name mentioned the most, but the latest report – for the lack of a better (decent) word, suggest Alexandre Lacazette could be on his way out too. The story comes from Lacazette’s homeland of France, from L’Equipe.
If you’ve been paying attention to the transfer stories popping up in recent months, you couldn’t have missed the numerous pieces trying to throw some light on Barcelona’s pursuit of Inter Milan’s Lautaro Martinez. The latest word on that front is that a deal is unlikely to be struck, with the Nerazzurri adamant that Martinez’s release clause, set at €111 million, must be paid in full, no swap deals. Barcelona reportedly don’t have that kind of money to spend at the moment due to the pandemic-induced financial crisis.
But should the Catalans despite of it all end up signing the 22-year-old Argentinian striker, L’Equipe claims Inter would turn to Lacazette for replacement. This, in turn, would prompt Arsenal to move for Moussa Dembele of Olympique Lyon.
A former Lyon man himself, Lacazette is under contract with Arsenal until the summer of 2022, which puts the Gunners in a position much stronger than it would be the case with Aubameyang. And with the Gabonese much more likely to be targeted for that particular reason (apart from his obviously terrific output), the Gunners probably wouldn’t want to part ways with Lacazette too.
It’s not that Dembele isn’t a very good player himself. Recently a reported target for Manchester United, the former Celtic striker bagged 22 goals and seven assists for Lyon in 2019/20. At the age of just 23, he would also represent potentially significant resale value, as well as a possibility to have the striker spot in the team covered for the foreseeable future.
Put like that, it sounds like good business, but the overwhelming feeling is that Arsenal simply won’t be letting Lacazette go any time soon. That may change of course, if the player himself decides he wants out, but even then, the Gunners would presumably demand a high fee, which could act as a deterrent to any potential suitor.