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Lacazette edges closer to Arsenal exit

Alexandre Lacazette, Atletico Madrid
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Alexandre Lacazette could find himself on his way out of Arsenal this summer as part of the club’s efforts to retain Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang.

Lacazette has tumbled down the pecking order at the Emirates down the final stretch of the season, often being forced to play second fiddle to the teenage striker Eddie Nketiah.

A tumultuous season highlighted by numerous ups and downs saw the 29-year-old forward clock up only 12 goals in 39 appearances in all competitions.

As such, Lacazette’s indispensable status at Arsenal has turned into a disposable one, with Atletico Madrid looking to capitalize on the Frenchman’s struggle in north London.

Talks between the Gunners and Aubameyang over a contract extension are underway. If they strike a deal, it would put more weight on the club’s wage burden.

Also, Willian’s imminent arrival from Chelsea will trigger additional expenses, forcing Arsenal to offload some of their first-team stars to keep their financials in order.

According to the Daily Star, Lacazette is on the list of players who should make way for the newcomers.

Atletico Madrid, who came close to snapping up ex-Lyon talisman in 2017, have rekindled their interest in the French striker.

After Diego Costa and Alvaro Morata both proved inconsistent throughout 2019/20, Diego Simeone is keen to recruit a world-class hit-man to close the gap on Real Madrid and Barcelona.

Now that Lacazette serves as a secondary option to Mikel Arteta, he will be available for just around £30million, which is deemed acceptable by the Spanish side.