Arsenal striker Alexandre Lacazette has reportedly dropped up to £22.6million in transfer value, according to The Express.
The France international joined the Gunners from Lyon in the summer of 2017 for a club record £46.5million fee – up to £52.6million with add-ons – on a five-year contract (BBC Sport).
Lacazette joined Arsenal to much fanfare after his heroics at Lyon, during which he scored 129 goals and claimed 43 assists in 275 appearances (Transfermarkt).
His first season at the Emirates Stadium saw him net an impressive 17 goals and five assists, while last term his 19 goals and 13 assists helped him win Arsenal’s Player of the Year award.
However, this term hasn’t gone to plan for Lacazette, who has struggled in the final third and looks a shadow of his former self, having failed to even get into double figures thus far.
With Lacazette’s contract running until the summer of 2022, Arsenal haven’t got to make a quick decision on him just yet like they may have to with Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang.
However, there has been speculation over his future, a February report in The Times claiming there was an “understanding” that he would be allowed to leave if the club miss out on the Champions League – something the player has denied (The Metro).
Nonetheless, should Arsenal wish to cash in on Lacazette this summer, perhaps to help fund a purchase for reported target Leon Bailey, The Express claims he would command a fee of £30million to £40million.
Lacazette’s goalscoring record, both at Arsenal and Lyon, speaks for itself, but it cannot be denied that he has struggled this year, so perhaps it’s little surprise that his value has dropped.
In contrast, Aubameyang – who cost the Gunners £56million – is reported to have a price tag of between £50million and £70million, and that’s with his contract expiring at the end of next season.
If Lacazette opts to remain at Arsenal another season at least, it could be the perfect opportunity to step up his game and return to form under Mikel Arteta.