Alexandre Lacazette emerges as shock reported January target for Barcelona
Lacazette short of Arsenal minutes
French striker Alexandre Lacazette has seen his action severely limited so far this campaign for Arsenal. With Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang taking a more central role in Mikel Arteta’s side, as opposed to the wide berth which he operated in last season, Lacazette has only seen 31 minutes of Premier League action, and a further 114 in the Carabao cup.
Take it away @LacazetteAlex…#CarabaoCup pic.twitter.com/L3UeUSshFP
— Arsenal (@Arsenal) September 23, 2021
It remains to be seen just how much the forward, with ten months left on his current deal at the Emirates Stadium, is in the plans of his current coach throughout the season. However, it is thought that Lacazette is unlikely to sign a new deal in north London, meaning that he will depart on a free next summer.
Lacazette ‘ready to run down Arsenal contract with Atletico Madrid preparing free transfer for striker’ https://t.co/C2fdFBroMO
— The Sun – Arsenal (@SunArsenal) September 23, 2021
As per The Sun, Atletico Madrid are looking to add the Frenchman to their considerable attacking stable next summer on a free transfer.
However, they may be beaten to the punch.
Barcelona eyeing up shock January move
Another Spanish club are apparently interested in Lacazette’s services, in the form of FC Barcelona. The club are even considering a January move for the forward, who they believe would be a low cost solution to their attacking woes following Martin Braithwaite’s knee injury.
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— Martin Braithwaite (@MartinBraith) September 16, 2021
As per Spanish outlet Fichajes.net, Koeman (Should he remain at the helm) could look to north London in a bid to strengthen his hand in January. With Lacazette not featuring a great deal, Arsenal could well look to recoup any sort of fee for the frontman, who set them back 48 million pounds in 2017 (as per transfermarkt).
On the flip side, however, much would depend on the step up made by both Eddie Nketiah and Folarin Balogun, as they would be the only recognised back-ups to star man Aubameyang. Would it be reckless to place their hopes in youth once more?