Alexandre Lacazette has dropped the biggest hint yet that he intends to see out the season as an Arsenal player before seeking pastures new.
This development should not catch supporters by surprise as football.londonrevealed earlier in the season that the Frenchman was expected to leave the Gunners once his contract expires next June.
Furthermore, it’s no secret that Arsenal were open to selling Lacazette during the summer transfer window.
However, despite interest from Roma and Atletico Madrid, it’s understood that the north London outfit did not receive a formal offer from either club which meant the striker was still at the club after the window had closed.
As a result, the upcoming January transfer window was always going to be a delicate one for the Gunners to navigate.
On one hand, it’s the final chance to receive a fee for Lacazette as he will have less than six months remaining on his contract and with a value of £19.8m on transfermarkt, that would be a welcome boost to Mikel Arteta’s transfer budget in a dream scenario.
With that said, given the Frenchman will be able to sign a pre-contract agreement with teams outside of England from January 2022, it means Arsenal are at risk of losing a player they spent £46.5m on four years ago for free.
And judging by what Lacazette has said about his future, it would appear that the latter option is set to become a reality.
“Of course, my agents are starting to look to the right and to the left,” he told French outlet Telefoot. “But not until January, I really want to focus myself on something.
“And then we will see what is on offer if the challenges are interesting if there are beautiful projects, how they are counting on me…so there are still many questions, I prefer to wait until January to position myself.”
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With Lacazette all but confirming that he won’t be an Arsenal player by the start of next season, him leaving on a free means the club will miss out on a potential £19.8m cash injection.
But as he moves one step closer to sorting out his future, it does at least give Arteta and technical director Edu enough time to find a replacement.
Dusan Vlahovic and Alexander Isak are among the names linked with moves to the Emirates Stadium in recent weeks, and the need for Arsenal to sign a new striker has just increased.
Source by Football London