Arsenal have been granted a golden opportunity to replace an outgoing striker with an Italy international after a concrete update on the player’s future.
The future of Alexandre Lacazette is increasingly looking like it will lay away from the Emirates. The Frenchman, 30, has been in fine form of late, though time on his Arsenal career is fast ticking away.
Lacazette is in the final year of his contract and thus far, neither party has showed much willingness to negotiate fresh terms.
As such, the suitors have begun to form a queue, with West Ham and most recently Newcastle lining up. Eddie Nketiah is also expected to depart as a free agent, leaving Mikel Arteta light up top.
One player who could bolster the ranks comes in the form of Torino hitman, Andrea Belotti.
The 27-year-old striker is also in the final year of his contract with the Serie A club. And like Lacazette, Belotti appears destined to move on.
Torino president Urbano Cairo recently stated: “He [Belotti] hasn’t signed and he probably doesn’t want to sign. I made an offer that went beyond my capabilities, but I can’t force him to do anything. I don’t think he wants to sign.”
Now, trusted transfer guru Fabrizio Romano has provided another update on the situation that makes positive reading for Belotti’s suitors.
Romano tweeted quotes from Torino manager Ivan Juric that read: “Belotti won’t sign the contract extension.”
“Andrea is not gonna leave in January. He’ll decide his future in June.”
With a January exit seemingly out of the question, suitors will now be battling to land Belotti as a free agent in the summer.
The 39-times capped Italy international could be a suitable replacement for Lacazette. The lack of need for a transfer fee would also allow investment to be made in other departments of the squad.
Naturally, however, interest in Belotti from within Italy is rampant. AC Milan, Inter Milan and Fiorentina were all namechecked as potential landing spots by Calciomercato last week.
Newcastle believe Arsenal raid is ‘realistic’
Meanwhile, Newcastle think a January raid on Arsenal is perfectly viable despite interest from West Ham.
West Ham had previously been linked with Gunners contract rebel, Alexandre Lacazette. David Moyes is short of depth behind Michail Antonio and has a Europa League campaign to juggle.
However, the Daily Express report Newcastle are in the frame. Citing the Daily Star, they claim Lacazette is ‘on the club’s radar’
Furthermore, Newcastle reportedly see Lacazette as a ‘realistic’ signing given his contract status. The Frenchman’s deal at the Emirates will expire at the conclusion of the current campaign.
Arsenal would reportedly allow Lacazette to leave if a suitable bid is lodged. Stumping up an amount Arsenal deem worthy won’t be a difficult task for Newcastle.