L’Equipe report that Atletico Madrid, Inter Milan and Juventus have made contact with Alexandre Lacazette over a possible move when the transfer window opens again.
The 29 year old notched his first goal since the restart in the 2-0 win over Wolves on Saturday, but in recent months has found himself slightly marginalised by Mikel Arteta.
The late strike at Molineux brought him into double figures for the season, he now has 10 in all competitions, level with with Gabriel Martinelli.
The report states both sides would be interested in a player swap deal, with Arsenal’s interest in midfielder Thomas Partey making it easy to connect those particular dots. The Frenchman was all set to join Diego Simeone’s side but a transfer ban for the La Liga outfit scuppered the deal and paved the way for his move to North London.
The Gunners also have a long-standing interest in Juve’s French midfielder Adrian Rabiot, so he could be a potential makeweight in any deal.
Lacazette has two years remaining on his current contract, and when asked if the club were going to offer him new terms, Mikel Arteta was somewhat circumspect.
“We have to have a chat about the next step with him and get his ideas and his feelings,” said the Arsenal boss.
“Let’s see. Now we are in a crucial moment [of the season]. It’s not time to talk about a lot of contract situations.
“We still have time and we will do it in the right moment.”
It’s believed Arsenal would be willing to part ways with the £50m signing from Lyon, with Arteta keen to unlock the potential of Martinelli and Eddie Nketiah.
Arteta’s comments are certainly not as definitive as those made about captain Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, who he clearly wants to stay at the club, and the Spaniard is open to the idea of doing swap deals in the current Covid climate.
“We don’t know how the market is going to be,” he said.
“Obviously we are putting different plans together to see what we are going to be able to do. At the moment the uncertainty is still big as well, the way we are going to finish the season will dictate a lot of things financially as well so we have to be a bit patient and see what happens.”