Alexandre Lacazette is reportedly one of the names Arsenal are looking to sell this summer.
As first reported by football.london, the Gunners’ squad planning for the summer transfer window is already underway, with several players having uncertainties over their futures at the club.
In addition, Arsenal are likely to be open to letting the likes of Lacazette and fellow centre-forward Eddie Nketiah leave with both players entering into the final year of their contracts at the Emirates Stadium.
Meanwhile, The Sun claim the north London outfit will be on a cost-cutting mission this summer in a move which could see them cash in on the Frenchman.
It would appear that the next few months are going to be extremely busy for Arsenal technical director Edu, amid reports he is close to completing the club’s first transfer deal ahead of the summer window.
And if Lacazette is sold, the Brazilian transfer chief will almost certainly be in the market for a replacement.
Luckily, the perfect candidate has emerged and is a name that has long been linked with a move to Arsenal – Celtic striker Odsonne Edouard.
The Frenchman’s contract at Celtic Park expires at the end of next season and there are no signs that he will be signing a renewal.
As a result, Neil Lennon’s side risk losing Edouard for free in 2022 if they don’t sell him this summer and they have been told by former striker Andy Walker to accept an offer of just £15m.
“Odsonne Edouard realises that he’s got ability and is worth a lot of money,” Walker told the Scottish Football Podcast. “How much? I’m not sure, as he’s not been firing on all cylinders.
“Let’s say they paid £9m for him but any player who switches off – I think that’s alarming for any potential suitor.
“I know that it’s your job as the manager and the coaching staff to keep players on board but Edouard, (Olivier) Ntcham and a few others didn’t get the moves that they were expecting last summer.
“Neil Lennon highlighted as much after the defeat to Ferencvaros. He wanted players to just leave, but that was just one of the problems that Celtic had at the start of the season.
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“Edouard didn’t appear totally committed, and I think now he realises it’s not so long until the summer transfer window.
“He’ll get his move now, so how much money will Celtic get for him?
“It all depends on how much they’re willing to accept, but if they got anything around £15m now I think you’re absolutely doing business.”