Arsenal are exploring multiple options with Alexandre Lacazette who is expected to leave the Emirates at the end of the season with Luka Jovic and Gareth Bale linked with a move
Arsenal have reportedly targeted Luka Jovic as Alexandre Lacazette’s replacement with Mikel Arteta also looking into the possibility of a loan move for Gareth Bale.
The Gunners are set to part ways with the French striker who is out of contract at the end of the season with no sign of an extension coming his way.
The north London club tried to find a suitor for the 30-year-old in the summer with Atletico Madrid and Juventus linked with the former Lyon man, but no deal materialised.
Lacazette has found himself on the fringes of Arteta’s side this season as his current deal winds down and looks destined to leave the Emirates in January or next summer.
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The Gunners will need a new striker as a result and Jovic, who has struggled since his move Madrid, has been lined up as a potential target.
The 23-year-old has only played 11 times for the Spanish side over the last two seasons as star man Karim Benzema holds down the no.9 position.
The La Liga outfit are looking to raise funds to facilitate a move for Kylian Mbappe and Erling Haaland in the summer.
Arsenal are exploring multiple options with Lacazette, however, as another report suggests they are looking into a swap deal with Gareth Bale.
Spanish publication Defensa Central claim that Arteta’s men offered the striker in return for the ex-Tottenham star on loan from January until the end of the campaign, but the proposal was rejected.
Wales captain Bale is expected to leave the capital of Spain next summer when his deal expires with an outside chance he could retire from club football entirely.
All signs point to Lacazette leaving Arsenal, but Arteta insists he will still be utilised this season as refused to be drawn to speculation surrounding his future.
Speaking in his pre-match press conference ahead of Arsenal’s Premier League clash with Crystal Palace, the Spaniard said: “We are focusing on getting the best out of Laca and he shows every day that his commitment is here.
“We want to give him the right minutes so he can show the quality and help the team to be better.”