Atletico Madrid plan to offer Arsenal a Thomas Lemar-Alexandre Lacazette swap deal if their move for Edinson Cavani falls through.
Marca claim Atletico are considering a swap involving Alexandre Lacazette and Thomas Lemar as their ‘Plan B’. Plan A is to sign Edinson Cavani from PSG, and they’ll keep pursuing that option until it’s completely off the table.
Marca suggest both clubs have already sounded each other out over the possibility of the two signings.
Lacazette still has a contract with Arsenal until 2022, and right now he leads the line for the club.
Even with Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang available, Mikel Arteta started Lacazette centrally. After Aubameyang’s red card and suspension, the 28-year-old is certain to keep the position for at least the rest of the month.
It hasn’t been Lacazette’s most prolific season so far though. He has six goals from 19 appearances in all competitions, along with a couple of assists.
That being said, Thomas Lemar is in even worse form in front of goal. He has no goals or assists in 21 appearances this season, albeit from the wing.
Personally, I don’t think this deal is likely. My guess is that Arsenal will sell one of their two main strikers in the summer when they can sign a direct replacement. Also, previous reports in England suggested Arsenal didn’t want Lemar anyway: