Arsenal consider swapping Alexandre Lacazette for No.11 forward

The London giants are considering a swap deal involving Alexandre Lacazette and Atletico Madrid forward Thomas Lemar, according to reports in Spain. Alexandre joined Arsenal in £47m deal from Lyon in 2017 and has scored 44 goals in 112 matches for the Gunners.

Reports have claimed that Lacazette has a deal with the Gunners that he will be allowed to leave in the next transfer window if the club fail to secure a place in next campaign’s Champions League. Gunners have already indicated that they would listen to offers for Alexandre and the striker is at the top of Atletico Madrid’s shortlist.

The report claims that Alexandre is ‘very liked’ by Atletico’s coaching staff and the club are closely monitoring the French striker’s situation at Emirates. Alexandre who is on £180,000-a-week could face a maximum two weeks’ fine as a result after pictures emerged of him inhaling from a balloon at his home last week.

Meanwhile, Gunners stay interested in Thomas after Arsene Wenger missed out on signing the winger in 2017. The 24-year-old forward has started only 11 matches for Atletico this campaign, while Diego Simeone has even admitted that France international ‘hasn’t been able to live up to expectations’ since his £53m move from Monaco in 2018.

The Gunners would be open to a swap deal involving Alexandre and Lemar, whose value has hugely dropped after struggling to make an impact at Atletico. Arsenal have also been heavily linked with a move for Atletico’s midfielder Thomas Partey. Speaking last month, Thomas’ father claimed that the midfielder has held talks with Arsenal.