Arsenal are reportedly interested in doing a swap deal with Atletico Madrid that would see Thomas Lemar arrive at The Emirates Stadium.
It is being reported by Diario AS that Atletico are keen on a deal for the Arsenal striker Alexandre Lacazette.
Of course, the French striker was set to join Los Colchoneros in 2017. As reported by Sky Sports, the striker had agreed a move to La Liga from Lyon before the Spanish club were hit with a transfer ban. Lacazette then headed to Arsenal in a reported (Guardian) £52.7 million deal.
Now, the Spanish report is claiming that Arsenal could offer Atletico their striker in a bid to bring Lemar to the club.
Lemar is not currently a permanent first-team fixture at the Wanda Metropolitano and Atletico would seemingly be happy to shift him in the summer.
Lemar, however, is a long-term target for the Gunners. In fact, current boss Mikel Arteta’ former manager Arsene Wenger was a big fan of the French World Cup winner, admitting (as reported by The Guardian) that he had wanted to sign the player in 2017 in a £92 million deal.
“€100 million (£92m) for Lemar? Yes all true, I wanted him. He decided to stay at Monaco. We will come back for him.”
Lemar is no longer commanding such an exorbitant fee after his tough times at Atletico. Nonetheless, it seems that Arteta is open to the idea of finishing the job when it comes to Lemar, although it would come at the price of allowing Lacazette to leave.