Four-and-a-half years on from arriving at the club, Alexandre Lacazette looks set to depart Arsenal this summer with the Gunners happy to let him go if the right offer comes in.
Lacazette was close to leaving last summer as the likes of Atletico Madrid and Roma scrambled for his signature, but no move materialised due to the lack of transfer funds available for either side.
The Frenchman has scored 10 goals in 29 appearances this season for Arsenal, including eight in the Premier League.
“Throughout my childhood and thanks to Arsenal’s former striker Thierry Henry and other French players, I always dreamed of playing for this club so that dream has been fulfilled,” said Lacazette upon signing for Arsenal in 2017.
“I like clubs with a history and the fact that the manager has been here for a while shows that it is a stable club. There are quite a few French players at the club which will make it easy to settle in.”
Lacazette may have not followed in Thierry Henry’s goalscoring footsteps but he has made some big contributions to the club since arriving from Lyon in the summer of 2017.
football.london assesses Lacazette’s options this summer, what awaits the France international and where he could end up.
Atletico tried to sign Lacazette before he joined Arsenal in 2017 and have been rumoured to come back in for him this summer.
Lacazette had agreed a deal in principle with the La Liga giants but it broke down after the Spanish side were handed a transfer ban by FIFA.
Atletico boss Diego Simeone tried to sign him last summer but ended up with Moussa Dembele who joined from Lyon instead.
With one year remaining on his contract, a deal could be reached for a feasible price if all parties come to an agreement.
The 29-year-old has been linked with a return to France and Monaco could be the perfect homecoming for him.
Monaco are fourth in Ligue 1 with 12 games to go and have just beaten Paris Saint-Germain in the league.
Former Arsenal players Cesc Fabregas and Vito Mannone make up a strong-looking squad and Lacazette would almost certainly be guaranteed regular game time if he did decide to head to the Stade Louis II.
There was interest from Italian giants Roma last summer and they could reignite it again in a few months time.
According to reports in Italy, Lacazette was offered to the club by a couple of intermediaries but he was deemed too expensive due to the transfer fee and wages combined
However, as previously mentioned with one year remaining on his current contract any transfer fee is likely to be much cheaper than it would have been last summer.
Roma could get themselves a bargain if Lacazette decides to call Italy his new home.
Perhaps the most unlikely option of all would be for Arsenal to renegotiate Lacazette’s contract and keep him at Emirates Stadium.
Heading into his thirties and offering the Frenchman a long-term deal would make little business sense after the recent renewal of 31-year-old Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and summer signing of Willian, 32.
Arsenal have learnt their lessons from previous years and football.london understands that it remains unlikely they will offer Lacazette a new deal, instead welcoming interest from abroad as they look to recoup a transfer fee for him this summer.
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“We will talk in the summer and make a decision on what is going to happen,” said Arteta in January.
“We haven’t talked about anything relating to his contract. I’m delighted with the way he is performing, the goals he is scoring and the form and energy he is in at the moment. He needs to keep doing that.”
This summer is likely to see several first team players leave the club and with Laca and Eddie Nketiah’s contracts both heading for expiration, Arsenal are likely to take centre stage with incomings and outgoings expected and technical director Edu set to bring in a back-up left back.