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Arsenal plan contract extension amid Atletico Madrid interest

Arsenal plan contract extension amid Atletico Madrid interest


WATFORD, ENGLAND: Alexandre Lacazette of Arsenal reacts following their side's victory after the Premier League match between Watford and Arsenal at Vicarage Road on March 06, 2022. (Photo by Julian Finney / Getty Images)
WATFORD, ENGLAND: Alexandre Lacazette of Arsenal reacts following their side’s victory after the Premier League match between Watford and Arsenal at Vicarage Road on March 06, 2022. (Photo by Julian Finney / Getty Images)

Spanish outlet Sport report that Alexandre Lacazette is one of Atletico Madrid’s options to replace Luis Suarez this summer, with the Uruguayan striker set to depart at the end of his current contract in June.

As things stand, Lacazette is also set to be a free agent in June, so Atletico are considering swapping one for the other.

But Lacazette’s time with Arsenal may not be over just yet. Jeunes Footeux report that Lacazette has impressed Mikel Arteta recently, and they’re now reviewing their previous contract offer to him.

The Gunners are considering making a more attractive financial offer to keep Lacazette around, though nothing will be finalised until the end of the season.

Lacazette hasn’t been scoring lately, but he’s top of the Premier League for assists in the last nine games (with seven).

All seven of those assists came in wins for Arsenal, so he’s clearly having an impact.

LONDON, ENGLAND - FEBRUARY 24: Alexandre Lacazette of Arsenal celebrates their sides second goal with team mate Bukayo Saka during the Premier League match between Arsenal and Wolverhampton Wanderers at Emirates Stadium on February 24, 2022 in London, England. (Photo by Shaun Botterill/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND: Alexandre Lacazette of Arsenal celebrates their side’s second goal with teammate Bukayo Saka during the Premier League match between Arsenal and Wolverhampton Wanderers at Emirates Stadium on February 24, 2022. (Photo by Shaun Botterill/Getty Images)

Arteta recently admitted the future is still uncertain for the striker, adding that Lacazette is at least acting like someone who wants to stick around.

“We don’t know what’s going to happen at the end of the season,” Arteta said.

“We don’t have contracts that run for 20 years, it’s part of our job. He behaves like someone who wants to stay with us.”

As well as Atletico, 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.”

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