Arsenal striker Alexandre Lacazette may replace Lautaro Martinez who is close to joining Barcelona in this summer transfer window.
Spanish newspaper Mundo Deportivo reports that the Serie A side has found their replacement for Lautaro. According to the report, Alexandre Lacazette is Inter’s ‘first-choice’. The Nerazzurri have also considered Werner and Cavani as secondary options.
Inter Milan quoted £100million for Lautaro Martinez’s tag. Barcelona is in for the striker for a long time now. If the Blaugrana club agrees to his release clause, the deal will go through. As per Daily Mail, the striker agreed to a £250k per week contract with Barca.
Barcelona has tried to lure the Nerazzurri with a couple of add-ons in the bid. They added their players to bring down the release clause. Rakitic, Rafinha, Umtiti, and Vidal are supposedly making that list. However, Inter has stuck to its price tag.
Lacazette dropped down the order in Arteta’s squad with a goalless streak. He went 8 games without any involvement in goals. Eddie Nketiah stepped up to the opportunity and is performing well.
However, the Gunners will have to deal with a low if they lose Lacazette. Aubameyaning is already nearing the exit doors at the Emirates. Arsenal gaffer Mikel Arteta needs to avoid losing two experienced strikers in the same season. Also, it is quite doubtful if Nketiah were to fill the boots.
Atletico Madrid one step ahead of Inter Milan in Lacazette’s pursuit
As per reports of Daily Mail, Atletico Madrid are way ahead of Inter in the pursuit. Lacazette is also keen to move to the Spanish capital. Diego Simeone is a factor that can lead him to the Rocky Blancos. Arteta will try to raise as much as £52million from the deal. Lacazette arrived in London for the same sum back in 2017.
Unlike Aubameyang, Alexandre has 2 years remaining in his contract. The French striker is yearning for Champions football for quite a while. He may sign an extension if they qualify in the top 4. Otherwise, it is quite predictable that he might opt for Atletico.
Spanish outlet AS reports that Atletico Madrid is trying for a swap deal. Thomas Lemar is the person who can lure the North-London outfit. Lemar was a player of interest for Arsenal in 2018. Atletico is trying to reignite their interest through this exchange offer.
Hence, Inter Milan have to act accordingly. Reports say Atletico have an upper hand in Lacazette’s pursuit. But the summer transfer window cannot be predicted eventually. Inter will move for Lacazette only if Lautaro Martinez secures his Barca move.