Arsenal open to Alexandre Lacazette transfer with Juventus which could include two stars

Arsenal are said to be willing to do business with Juventus for Alexandre Lacazette – and are open to the idea of a potential swap deal. The Gunners striker has just two years left on his contract at the Emirates and could depart this summer.

Lacazette’s value at Arsenal will only decline between now and next summer if he does not sign a new contract to extend his stay in north London beyond 2022.

But with the Premier League giants committing deals for Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and imminent new signing Willian which will commit the pair to the club until the ages of 34 and 35 on £250,000 a week and £100,000 a week respectively, they may not be willing to do so for Lacazette.

Although the France international only turned 29 in May, handing him a new deal will also take him well into his 30s alongside Aubameyang and Willian.

It remains to be seen whether Arsenal – who famously handed out only one-year extensions to players over the age of 30 under Arsene Wenger – are willing to commit such finances to ageing players.

And instead, it looks far more likely that the striker – who scored just 12 goals in 39 games in 2019-20 although he also laid on seven assists – will depart this year or next.

The Athletic claim that there is an element of interest in the Frenchman from Serie A champions Juventus, although they currently have Cristiano Ronaldo and Gonzalo Higuain as options to lead their line.

Higuan though could be shipped off, which would free up a space through the middle with Ronaldo having recently returned to the left wing.

It is added that Arsenal would be willing to do a deal for Lacazette at the right price, with a £30million valuation having been suggested, or that they would be open to a swap deal.

Two players mentioned who could be included are defender Cristiano Romero and winger Douglas Costa, both of whom are up for sale.

The Turin outfit – who recently sacked former Chelsea boss Maurizio Sarri and appointed legendary midfielder Andrea Pirlo in his place – are willing to cut ties with the pair.

Argentine Romero spent this season out on loan at Genoa and made 30 Serie A appearances as they avoided relegation by four points.

The 22-year-old has never made a senior appearance for Juve having only signed for the Italian heavyweights from Genoa a year ago for around £23m.

But Arsenal are known to be keen on strengthening the centre of their defence and South American Romero has a high ceiling.

Ex-Bayern Munich wide-man Costa, 29, has far more first-team experience at the Allianz Stadium with a total of 101 Juve appearances.

The Brazilian international winger has however only played a squad role for the Bianconeri and made just seven league starts this term.

The Athletic add that he is a possible back-up option for Manchester United if they cannot strike a deal for Borussia Dortmund’s Jadon Sancho.

But Arsenal may beat the Red Devils to Costa if they open talks around a deal for Lacazette, with it likely Juve would try to push Romero or Costa – or both – into an agreement to avoid spending a huge amount of cash on Lacazette.

The former Lyon frontman is also linked with Diego Simeone’s Atletico Madrid amid suggestions Los Rojiblancos could make a £30m bid.

Speaking in July, however, Arsenal manager Arteta declared that he does not want to lose Lacazette’s talents this summer despite having relegated him to the bench in favour of Eddie Nketiah for a spell.

“Why would I want to lose a player like him? I’m really happy with him,” he said after a Premier League win over Liverpool, in which Lacazette scored one goal and set up the other.

“I really like Alex, I said that even before I joined here that he is the type of striker that I really like.

“I think he had periods where he was very unlucky because he was having the chances and not converting them which he is not used to.

“But the way he can link play, he’s a massive competitor he hates to lose. He goes for every ball, you see in every challenge how he’s ready to go. He works really hard and he’s a very intelligent player, I am really happy with him.”

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