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.

SOUTHAMPTON, ENGLAND: Mikel Arteta, Manager of Arsenal Alexandre Lacazette, and Hector Bellerin of Arsenal celebrate following their side’s victory after the Premier League match between Southampton and Arsenal at St Mary’s Stadium on January 26, 2021. (Photo by Andy Rain – Pool/Getty Images)

Calciomercato report that Alexandre Lacazette could leave Arsenal in the summer, when he’ll have one year left to the end of his contract.

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.