Atletico Madrid and Sevilla are plotting moves to sign Alexandre Lacazette in the January transfer window as Arsenal will not renew the striker’s contract, per Calciomercato.
Lacazette only has nine months remaining on his terms at the Emirates Stadium and can start negotiating pre-contracts from January. But Diego Simeone and Julen Lopetegui are set to rival one another in the winter market to avoid missing out.
The Frenchman will be one of the hot-topics of the mid-season window with clubs hopeful of landing a bargain. Arsenal have no intention of handing Lacazette new terms to protect his value, so risk the 30-year-old leaving for free.
Arsenal paid Lyon a former club-record £46.5m to bring Lacazette to the Premier League in 2017. He signed a five-year deal with the north London outfit worth £182k-a-week, but has not agreed to any extensions since.
Reports by The Sun back in July claimed the Gunners only wanted £15m to sell Lacazette in the summer widow. Arsenal already decided against offering him a new deal, after handing Mesut Ozil and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang lucrative extensions without reward.
But no suitor proved willing to pay their valuation of the 16-cap international, who has only played a bit-part role since. Football.london also reported last month that Lacazette has no interest in signing an extension and will run down his contract to leave Arsenal for free.
Atletico Madrid explored signing Lacazette this summer but did not make Arsenal an offer, and now face competition from Sevilla. Simeone’s men have opened their La Liga title defence with three wins and a draw, while Lopetegui’s are sixth having played one less.
Should Arsenal offer Atletico and Sevilla target Lacazette a new contract?
Arsenal could not offload Lacazette this summer, despite interest from Atletico Madrid, due to his high wage. The Colchoneros and Sevilla will likely want to lower the Gunners’ valuation further if either make a move in January.
Yet Lacazette may hold out on leaving north London until the summer for a better payday as a free agent. Mikel Arteta will hope the Lyon-born frontman regains the form displayed last season if he does stick around all term.
Lacazette likely gained Atletico and Sevilla’s interest after ending 2020/21 as Arsenal’s top-scorer in the Premier League and all competitions. He struck 13 goals in 31 top-flight games toward a total haul of 17 in 43. But has only scored once in two appearances this term with the sixth against West Brom in the Carabao Cup. He’s only played 31 minutes in the league.