The London giants are prepared to sell Alexandre Lacazette in this window and invite interested clubs to bid. Arsenal seek £15m for the 30-year-old centre-forward who has one year left on his current deal after the club decided against offering him new terms this summer.
The Gunners have plenty of forwards heading into the new campaign. The Spanish boss still wants a new centre-forward to strengthen his striker options, and the club have identified Chelsea’s Tammy Abraham as the ideal player. The Blues are willing to sell him to their rivals for £40m, and the striker reportedly stays keen on joining Arsenal.
However, the Gunners will have to shift some of their footballers before they could sign Abraham. Arsenal captain Pierre-Emerick Aubayenag and youngster Folarin Balogun signed new deals, meaning France international and Eddie Nketiah are likely to make way.
While Nketiah is still young, he is likely to find a new club with ease, but Alexandre’s sale could become a problem. Mikel Arteta looks to have no issues keeping Lacazette for another year before seeing him leave on a free transfer, owing to the centre-forward’s contribution on and off the pitch.
However, Arsenal are hoping for teams to bid for the centre-forward and accept an offer of £15m. With one year left on his current contract, the Gunners decided against offering new terms, and the decision could have stemmed from their disastrous mistake with Mesut Ozil in the past.
The other problem could be the French striker’s salary. Alexandre is already on a reported £175,000-a-week at the London club, and there are only a handful of teams who could pay those wages to a new 30-year-old signing.