Alexandre Lacazette will be on his way to Atletico Madrid – as soon as Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang signs a new Arsenal deal.
The Gunners believe they are close to persuading skipper Aubameyang to extend his stay at the Emirates – leaving strike partner Lacazette on course for a £30m switch to Spain.
The French ace, 29, nearly joined Diego Simeone’s side in June 2017 – only for the La Liga club to be hit with a transfer ban, wrecking the move at the 11th hour.
Instead, the ex-Lyon ace signed for the Gunners but, under three different managers, including current boss Mikel Arteta, has failed to earn himself a regular starting position.
Although he did play in last weekend’s FA Cup final triumph over Chelsea, Lacazette is unhappy to be no more than a bit-part figure in the Spaniard’s first-team plans.
Following lockdown, the France international was on the bench until Eddie Nketiah’s suspension allowed him back into the side.
However, with young Brazil striker Gabriel Martinelli, currently out injured, also in contention for the lone striker role, Lacazette’s chances are likely to remain limited next term.
And last week’s news the Gunners are closing in on Chelsea free agent Willian, combined with the positive noises surrounding Aubameyang’s talks, is set to hasten his exit.
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The Gunners paid £46.5m for Lacazette but he has not delivered anything close to the return of prolific Gabon ace Aubameyang.
The latter, who arrived in North London six months after Lacazette, has blitzed an astonishing 54 goals in 85 league outings.
Lacazette, meanwhile, has found the net 37 times in 97 appearances.
He has two years left on his current deal but admitted after Arsenal’s Wembley win there had been no discussions with the club about a new one.