Arsenal are now 'very aggressively' trying to sell their £46m player, claims journalist
Ian McGarry and Duncan Castles have said that Arsenal are ‘aggressively’ trying to sell Alexandre Lacazette on the Transfer Window Podcast.
On the way out?
Arsenal are looking to raise funds for their own planned additions and it seems that they are willing to listen to offers for Lacazette.
The French international has only one year left on his contract, which means that this could be their last chance to receive a fee for him.
Lacazette is also one of Arsenal’s top earners, so getting his salary off their books could enable them to make more additions of their own.
However, Lacazette’s wages could be an issue, as Arsenal are struggling to attract interest – despite the 30-year-old’s quality.
Castles said: “A player who they would like to sell and get their wages away, but they are finding very difficult to sell is Alexandre Lacazette.”
And McGarry added: “I have been told that Lacazette has been marketed very aggressively around Europe, but there’s not been any particular interest that is strong enough to suggest that Arsenal will be able to offload Lacazette.”
Short term gain, long term pain?
If Lacazette does stick around it may actually help Arsenal on the field – as a back-up striker he is clearly a strong option.
But losing him on a free would be a financial blow, given Arsenal paid £46 million for him (BBC Sport), and if they are unable to receive funds for him then their own transfer plans could be impacted this summer.
Mikel Arteta is keen to renovate Arsenal’s side, with a whole host of players linked with a move to the Emirates Stadium.
And if Arteta has to keep Lacazette around it may be a cause of frustration for that reason.