Report: Arsenal star offered to Milan 'in last few weeks'
CalcioMercato claim Arsenal have offered Alexandre Lacazette to AC Milan in the ‘last few weeks’, but might struggle to match his wage demands.
Lacazette, 30, is in the final year of his contract and if he does not sign a new contract by January 1 – he can discuss a pre-contract with foreign sides.
Under the Bosman ruling, Lacazette can agree a deal that would see him join a new club in the summer – for nothing. Milan fit into that category.
The report says he has been offered to Milan in the last few weeks, but that there is an issue. Lacazette currently earns £150,000 a week at Arsenal.
That would blow apart Milan’s wage structure, who are only willing to go slightly above £80,000 a week for the France international.
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The issue here is that Milan cannot afford Lacazette’s wages. Of course, if Lacazette was to join Milan, he would have to take a bit of a pay cut.
But to wave goodbye to almost £70,000 a week is a huge loss and one Lacazette would rather avoid until the summer. But a deal could be found.
Arsenal want him off their books and sold in January – to bring in a fee for his services, rather than letting him go on a Bosman.
So, if Arsenal request Milan to pay for Lacazette – a small-ish fee – then surely the Gunners could contribute to his wages?
There might be a deal the three parties could come to there. If not, then it could scupper a move unless Milan and Lacazette can compromise.
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