Barcelona are reportedly interested in signing Alexandre Lacazette this summer as they look for a cheap number nine.

Arsenal's French striker Alexandre Lacazette warms up ahead of the English Premier League football match between Aston Villa and Arsenal at Villa Park in Birmingham, central England on February 6, 2021. (Photo by Catherine Ivill / POOL / AFP)
Arsenal’s French striker Alexandre Lacazette warms up ahead of the English Premier League football match between Aston Villa and Arsenal at Villa Park in Birmingham, central England on February 6, 2021. (Photo by Catherine Ivill / POOL / AFP)

There seems no doubt at this point that Alexandre Lacazette will be leaving Arsenal this summer and he seems to have a number of suitors.

While he will probably end up somewhere like Roma, the links with Barcelona refuse to die down and, if anything, intensified with their elimination from the Champions League.

Handily, then, Arsenal have reportedly offered Alexandre Lacazette to Barcelona ahead of a summer move as the Arsenal man’s contract heads towards its final year final year.

Arsenal's French striker Alexandre Lacazette celebrates after scoring their second goal from the penalty spot during the English Premier League football match between Leicester City and Arsenal at King Power Stadium in Leicester, central England on February 28, 2021. (Photo by Michael Regan / POOL / AFP)
Arsenal’s French striker Alexandre Lacazette celebrates after scoring their second goal from the penalty spot during the English Premier League football match between Leicester City and Arsenal at King Power Stadium in Leicester, central England on February 28, 2021. (Photo by Michael Regan / POOL / AFP)lacazette

Alexandre Lacazette has been linked with an Arsenal exit pretty much since the minute he signed for the club in 2017 but, with only one year left on his Arsenal contract this summer, it looks very much like the club plan to cash in on him.

A return to Lyon has been mooted, as has a move to Roma who tried to sign him last summer but offered an amount Arsenal weren’t happy with, so he stayed.

Le10Sport in France, admittedly not the most reliable but who seem to be getting their information from the ‘Catalan press,’ report that, “The face of FC Barcelona should change a lot next season. The future of Lionel Messi is indeed not yet known, while he is linked with a departure to PSG or Manchester City.

“The new president Joan Laporta also seems to want to go hard in the transfer window. The Catalan press speak of Erling Haaland of Borussia Dortmund, but also of Kylian Mbappé of PSG.

“More recently, CM.com announced that Barca have been offered the services of Alexandre Lacazette, who would like to leave Arsenal at the end of the season.”

They go on to note that “In London, Mikel Arteta proclaims loud and clear that he wants to keep the Frenchman,” but Arteta has been saying that since he arrived and Lacazette has still not been offered a new contract.

This was then followed up by a report in sport.fr (from Calciomercato which they don’t link to) that stated Arsenal had offered the player to Barcelona as a ‘low-cost’ option and then state he will cost around €15m (£12.86m).

Lacazette is currently valued at around £31.5m four years on from his £47.7m move to Arsenal. He has started just two games since the match against Manchester United on 30 January and has started 23 of the 33 games he has played in for Arsenal this season.

Lacazette has played the full 90 just seven times this season compared to Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang’s 22.

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