Arsenal transfer news: Gunners ready to cash in on £182k p/w star | OneFootball
Arsenal transfer news: Gunners ready to cash in on £182k p/w star
Arsenal are willing to sell striker Alexandre Lacazette, according to journalist Paul Brown.
The Frenchman has scored 66 goals in more than 150 appearances since joining from Lyon four years ago, which is a decent return, although perhaps not enough for someone that cost Arsenal £50m.
His partner in crime, Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang has scored 89 times in fewer appearances.
Arsenal were linked with Tammy Abraham this summer, which suggested that the Gunners were prepared to allow Lacazette to move on, but nothing materialised, and he stayed with the club.
He missed Arsenal's opening two matches through illness and has only played 31 minutes since returning and was an unused substitute against Norwich on Saturday despite Mikel Arteta's team searching for a winner in the second half.
What has Brown said about Lacazette?
Brown revealed that Arsenal have been trying to cash-in on the Frenchman for several windows, and is confident they'll sell him at the right price.
He told GIVEMESPORT: "I think if Arsenal get a good offer, then he's gone. I think you could probably say that in any of the last two windows. Arteta is quite fulsome on his praise for the guy.
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"Whenever he praises Aubameyang for his goals, he always praises Lacazette, but it's pretty clear from how little he plays, especially in the bigger games, that he's not as essential to the squad and from a business perspective, Lacazette is one they need to shift to bring somebody else in to strengthen that position. I think it's a case of if and when somebody comes in for him."
When is Lacazette most likely to leave?
If Arsenal wanted to get a significant price for the striker, then selling him this summer was their chance.
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They could still have an opportunity in January but keeping Lacazette around for the remainder of the season might be more valuable to the Gunners than cashing-in on him for a small fee once the window re-opens.
With that in mind, Lacazette leaving on a free next summer is the most likely outcome.