Alexandre Lacazette is set to hold talks with Lyon over a pre-contract agreement to rejoin them this summer, according to a report.

NORWICH, ENGLAND - DECEMBER 26: Alexandre Lacazette of Arsenal celebrates after scoring their team's fourth goal from the penalty spot during the Premier League match between Norwich City and Arsenal at Carrow Road on December 26, 2021 in Norwich, England. (Photo by Stephen Pond/Getty Images)
NORWICH, ENGLAND: Alexandre Lacazette of Arsenal celebrates after scoring their team’s fourth goal from the penalty spot during the Premier League match between Norwich City and Arsenal at Carrow Road on December 26, 2021. (Photo by Stephen Pond/Getty Images)

Football.London report that Alexandre Lacazette is expected to leave Arsenal when his contract with the club comes to an end this summer, and he’s set to hold talks over a return to former club Lyon.

As his contract is running down, Lacazette is free to speak to Lyon over a pre-contract agreement without Arsenal’s permission. He’s in discussions with several teams, but Lyon are the frontrunners.

Lyon president Jean-Michel Aulas recently told the media they intend to make a move for Lacazette this summer.

“We’ll do our best to sign Alexandre Lacazette in June,” Aulas said.

Lyon director Vincent Ponsot added: “We’ve seen the maturity that he’s acquired. We’ve always remained in contact with him. But bringing in big players is always complicated.”

L’Equipe previously reported that Lyon tried in vain to pry Lacazette away from Arsenal in January, and they’ll attempt to lure him back again in the coming months.

Lacazette has always maintained a strong bond with his old club. As a result, the Lyon hierarchy have made contact with his entourage in recent weeks over a potential transfer.

On the other hand, the same outlet claimed Arsenal could still offer Lacazette a short-term contract extension of one or two years in the coming weeks.

NORWICH, ENGLAND - DECEMBER 26: Alexandre Lacazette of Arsenal celebrates after scoring their team's fourth goal during the Premier League match between Norwich City and Arsenal at Carrow Road on December 26, 2021 in Norwich, England. (Photo by Harriet Lander/Getty Images)
NORWICH, ENGLAND: Alexandre Lacazette of Arsenal celebrates after scoring their team’s fourth goal during the Premier League match between Norwich City and Arsenal at Carrow Road on December 26, 2021. (Photo by Harriet Lander/Getty Images)

With Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang joining Barcelona and Eddie Nketiah also out of contract and rejecting extension offers, it certainly doesn’t seem impossible Arsenal would look to keep at least one of their senior strikers around beyond this summer.

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