According to The Mirror, Atletico Madrid are plotting a move to sign Arsenal striker Alexandre Lacazette. The Spanish giants are said to want the Frenchman as a replacement for the Barcelona-bound Antoine Griezmann.
Lacazette impressed for the Gunners last season, so much so that he was named the club’s player of the year. The 28-year-old was vital for the north London club in attack, contributing 13 goals and 10 assists in the Premier League.
The No. 9 also struck up a potent partnership with fellow forward Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang. Together, Lacazette and Aubameyang spearheaded Unai Emery’s side, often to devastating effect.
However, Arsenal’s failure to qualify for the Champions League has left Lacazette’s future at the Emirates Stadium in doubt. A switch to Atletico Madrid offers the 16-cap France international a route back into Europe’s elite club competition.
What’s more, with Arsenal’s transfer budget particularly tight, the sale of Lacazette is one of the few options Emery has for raising funds. Yet, the Spanish coach should still do all he can to hang on to the striker. Lacazette is simply too important for Arsenal to lose this summer. The Gunners’ prospects for securing Champions League qualification depend in part on their ability to keep Lacazette and Aubameyang at the club.