Alexandre Lacazette’s contract negotiations aren’t going smoothly, as he considers an exit for a club that would give him more of a key role.
Renewal negotiations are reportedly proceeding slowly, due to Lacazette’s desire not to cut his salary and the fact he’s considering joining a new club. He wants to play for an ambitious team where he can feel like a ‘protagonist’.
Atletico Madrid, Barcelona, and Juventus are three clubs on the hunt for a new striker who have had Lacazette proposed to them, but no decision is expected just yet.
It’s true that Lacazette has recently been relegated to more of a backup striker role. Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang started alongside Lacazette for large parts of their respective Arsenal careers, but Aubameyang has returned to a central single-striker role lately.
Lacazette is still making regular appearances – he’s up to 31 for the season already – but he’s increasingly making them from the bench.
For Arsenal, that’s what’s working. Aubameyang has eight goals in his last six starts, whilst Lacazette has a couple of goals and a couple of assists in that time period. But for the player himself, you can understand why that might unsettle him.