Spanish outlet El Mundo Deportivo have taken Alexandre Lacazette’s absence from the Arsenal squad for the Community Shield as a sign that his departure from the club is inching closer.
It may well be that, but with the likes of Nicolas Pepe and Willian also not involved, and some players absent because of self-isolation, it’s not a sure-fire assumption to make.
However, they also indicate that Atletico Madrid are interested in the striker, but any arrivals in that area of the pitch are dependent on moving on Diego Costa. Interest in the Spanish international from Benfica and Milan may open the door for the Frenchman to join the club who have had a long-standing desire to bring him to La Liga.
It was only a transfer ban which scuppered a deal in the summer of 2017, after which Arsene Wenger paid close to £50m to bring him to North London.
Arsenal are going to need to sell some players this summer, and at 29 with two years left on his current deal, Lacazette is a genuine candidate and someone who could raise some funds to be spent elsewhere.
He scored just 10 goals last season, although he was hampered by injury early on, and given his contractual situation it wouldn’t be a surprise if the Gunners tried to cash in.
One to keep an eye on, for sure but at the moment lack of detail means we’ll give this a fence sitting 5 on the Poo-O-Meter.
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