Arsenal strike duo Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and Alexandre Lacazette are both reportedly wanted by Napoli, according to Calcio Napoli 24.
The future of both the Gunners forwards is in doubt, particularly that of Aubameyang, whose contract is up next summer.
If the Gabon international doesn’t sign a new contract imminently, Arsenal boss Mikel Arteta would have to decide whether to cash in this summer or face losing him next year for little to nothing.
As for Lacazette, his Arsenal contract runs until 2022 but he has also been linked with a departure from the Emirates Stadium (AS) following a relatively poor season by his standards.
Napoli have been flying in Serie A over the past few seasons and are still in the Champions League, which has been earmarked for an August return, according to The Mirror.
However, they’ve had a difficult season this term, sitting a lowly sixth in the table, and could look to bolster their ranks in the summer.
Calcio Napoli 24 claims that Gennaro Gattuso has both Arsenal marksmen on his potential shopping list, though Lazio’s Ciro Immobile is his top choice.
The report also writes confidently that one of the two “will leave this summer”.
With the global health crisis having brought football to a halt, there could be huge financial repercussions for the whole industry, and Arsenal are one of the clubs tipped to tighten their belts massively.
In Aubameyang and Lacazette, they have two valuable assets, and it wouldn’t be surprising if at least one were to leave in the summer for a number of reasons such as contract length, budget and European football.
That said, would Aubameyang leave one club unlikely to get European football next season for another? And if he was to leave, would Arteta be willing to sell his other main striker in the same window?