Arsenal dilemma as striker interest clashes with swap offer for top target

Date published: Tuesday 7th July 2020 4:37 - Samuel Bannister

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Inter Milan remain interested in Arsenal striker Alexandre Lacazette, reports claim, but two European giants have a head start.

Arsenal are bracing themselves ahead of the transfer window, as Lacazette could leave. The striker has two years left on his contract, and has not started as often as he would have liked this season.

Mikel Arteta has said that Arsenal will open discussions with Lacazette soon over his future. But while the Gunners boss remains hopeful the Frenchman will stay, reports in Lacazette’s homeland suggest he is on the radar of several top clubs.

According to L’Equipe, “various great European clubs” are interested in Lacazette. Among them are Inter Milan, Atletico Madrid and Juventus.

The report states that Inter have been following Lacazette for the longest, since they could lose Lautaro Martinez this summer. The Argentine striker has been heavily linked with a move to Barcelona.

However, they are not the only Italian side keen on Lacazette. The report adds that Juventus, in the hunt for a centre-forward, are also keen.

L’Equipe state that Juventus, and La Liga giants Atletico Madrid, have already opened talks over the possibility of signing Lacazette. However, Arsenal want to wait until the end of the season before entertaining any talk of a sale.



Atletico Madrid have reportedly held previous interest and they remain in the battle for Lacazette. Furthermore, it appears “probable” that they would send a player in the opposite direction as part of a swap deal.

That man could be Thomas Partey, with L’Equipe adding that a swap deal with Lacazette could tempt Atletico into reducing their €50m asking price for the Ghanaian.

Juventus are also open to using a similar formula to sign Lacazette, although no player is specified as the makeweight.

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