Lacazette ‘to join Atletico Madrid’ when Aubameyang pens new Arsenal deal


Alexandre Lacazette is reportedly ready to move to Atletico Madrid in search of a starting place.

The French striker may even already be on the point of signing for Diego Simeone’s side and simply awaiting confirmation of attacking rival Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang’s Arsenal contract extension.

Lacazette nearly switched to Atletico in 2017 – but the deal came crashing down at the last minute when the club was hit with a transfer ban for breaching FIFA rules on recruiting young players.

The ex-Lyon star ended up joining the Gunners instead, though he has failed to nail down a regular spot under any of the three different managers he has worked with at the Emirates Stadium.

According to the Daily Star, that leaves him on course for a £30million switch to Spain.

Alexandre Lacazette is fed up of playing second fiddle to Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang

Lacazette, who did play in last weekend’s FA Cup final win, is apparently unhappy at being peripheral in Mikel Arteta’s plans, with the boss pledging to build his team around Aubameyang.

The 29-year-old had spent most matches since lockdown on the bench until Eddie Nketiah’s suspension gave him the opportunity to return to the team before the Wembley outing.

However, with young Brazil striker Gabriel Martinelli also in contention for the lone striker role and Arsenal closing in on Willian, Lacazette’s chances are likely to remain limited next term.

The Gunners paid £46.5million for Lacazette but his achievements have not matched up to those of Gabon ace Aubameyang, who has been the Premier League’s top scorer since his arrival.

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While Lacazette has found the net 37 times in 97 appearances, Aubameyang has notched an astonishing 54 goals in 85 league outings, winning the Golden Boot in 2018/19.

Aubameyang still has two years remaining on his current deal but admitted after Arsenal’s Wembley triumph that there had been no discussions with the club about a new one.





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