In May of 2017, Alexandre Lacazette decided to join Atletico Madrid from Lyon. A fee was agreed, but the one rather large stumbling block was a transfer ban which the Spanish club were in the process of appealing.
The appeal failed, the move fell through, and later that summer Arsene Wenger swooped, paying the Ligue 1 side almost £50m for the striker.
Since his arrival in North London, Lacazette has scored 36 goals, and this season in particular has taken a real step forward as his partnership with Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang blossomed.
When good players do good things, other clubs are interested, and with Antoine Griezmann announcing his departure from Atletico via a 12 part streaming documentary on Netflix, Los Rojiblancos are looking for a replacement.
According to Cadena Ser in Spain, they’re eyeing up Lacazette, keen to rekindle their long-standing interest him.
However, before everyone panics, Arsenal have a lot to do this summer, and none of it is likely to involve players we really should be keeping.
It’s not impossible that we could receive a bid considered too good to turn down, but chances are that won’t be the case. Also, recent stories involving the club offering the French international a new deal have been followed by gossip linking him with moves to Barcelona and now Atletico.
It all smells a bit like an agent doing his work to maximise any potential contract offer.