Arsenal are set to hold talks over a new contract with Alexandre Lacazette amid the interest in his services coming from Atletico Madrid, according to ESPN.
The club still face uncertainty over the future of Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang this summer, but they are apparently adamant that they won’t be parting ways with both strikers. The pair are good friends, but both of them are keen to hear and consider Arsenal’s long-term vision under Mikel Arteta before making their respective decisions, especially in the light of the financial impact of the Covid-19 pandemic. Almost all players except Mesut Ozil have agreed to take a 12.5% pay cut, with the German still earning his £350,000 per week.
Aubameyang’s current contract expires in 2021, while that of Lacazette is set to run for 12 months more, which leaves the club in a somewhat stronger position at the moment when it comes to any negotiations with, or regarding, the Frenchman.
The main issue appears to be that the club hierarchy have reportedly told Arteta that player sale income would be crucial for having funds available for incoming transfers. The reports suggesting the coach would get personally involved in their attempt to persuade Aubameyang to sign a new deal have led to speculations that Lacazette may be made available this summer for around £60 million, if the Gabonese puts his name on the dotted line. On the other hand, Lacazette apparently isn’t really angling for a move away from the Emirates.
With Atletico interested in Lacazette, Arsenal being keen on Thomas Partey to boost their midfield might come into the business, though the two clubs haven’t yet discussed a potential swap of the two players.
Arteta will certainly want this matter resolved as quickly as possible. Arsenal are set to play host to defending Premier League champions Manchester City when the Premier League resumes next week. The boss will need his strikers focused on the task at hand.