Alexandre Lacazette future at Arsenal remains unclear with the striker expected to hold talks over his status in north London this month.
ESPN report that Arsenal were “determined to ensure they did not lose Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and Lacazette in the same transfer window”.
Aubameyang, 31, who blasted 29 goals last season, has been the key man that Mikel Arteta was desperate to keep.
His mission looks like being successful with transfer expert Fabrizio Romano and ESPN claiming the parties have agreed on a £250,000-a-week, costing the Gunners £39m over the length of the contract.
Aubameyang’s strike in the Community Shield win over Liverpool took his tally to 10 goals in his last 10 games and an announcement on his contract renewal is expected this week.
That may well lead to Lacazette being ushered into the Arsenal boardroom to discuss his long-term future.
The 29-year-old has two years remaining on his contract but has been linked with a move to Atletico Madrid as part of the deal to get Thomas Partey to Arsenal.
ESPN claim Juventus are also keen on Lacazette, but Arsenal’s £40m price tag has not seen them pursue their interest further.
Lacazette also fell foul of Arteta in May when he was pictured inhaling nitrous oxide.
Lacazette’s first-team chances could also be reduced this season after the arrival of Willian and the emergence of youngsters Bukayo Saka and Eddie Nketiah.
Nketiah got the nod in the Wembley win over Liverpool and with Arteta preferring to play with one central striker, Lacazette could find himself warming the bench.
Lacazette was going through the motions under Unai Emery, but Arteta’s arrival boosted the Lyon-born forward. Even then though his goal output was 12 goals in 39 games across all competitions.
Ideally Arteta would keep Lacazette to deepen his squad but he knows he needs to raise funds for new players and Lacazette might have to fall by the wayside.
The player is not understood to have asked to leave, but planned talks with Arteta could paint his situation in a different light, especially once Aubameyang’s deal is formally announced.