Crystal Palace could be set to add further reinforcements to their first team squad after they were linked with a move for Arsenal striker Alexandre Lacazette.
According to 90min, the 30-year-old is set to depart the Emirates Stadium once his current contract expires next summer, with neither the player nor the club keen to reach an agreement.
The report states: “90min understands that talks between the Gunners and the player’s representatives have taken place, but there has been no offer of a new contract. What’s more, neither club nor player appear keen to try and reach an agreement, leading to a parting of ways.”
It also claimed that Lacazette is not short of potential suitors, with clubs across the continent interested in securing his services.
He will be free to sign a pre-contract with an overseas club once he enters the final six months of his expiring deal in January with clubs in Spain, Germany and Italy reportedly monitoring the situation, but his former side Lyon and Premier League duo West Ham United and Palace are also named as possible destinations.
Lacazette rose through the ranks at boyhood club Lyon and established himself as one of the most exciting forwards in his homeland during his time in Ligue 1. He bagged a remarkable 129 goals and provided a further 43 assists in just 275 appearances for Les Gones, helping them win the French Cup along the way.
The Frenchman’s remarkable form earned him a £46.5m move to Arsenal back in July 2017, a club-record fee for the north London outfit at the time, but he has perhaps not had the impact that many might have been anticipating.
Despite scoring 67 goals and laying on a further 29 assists in 173 outings for the Gunners, Lacazette only has one FA Cup success to show for his efforts on English shores and has failed to fire the north Londoners back to the Champions League.
Nevertheless, his ability to put the ball in the net has rarely been in doubt, with Arsene Wenger previously lauding him for having that knack, saying: “Scoring goals is about being in the right place, and Lacazette has that quality.”
The prospect of him linking up with fellow countryman Odsonne Edouard at Selhurst Park is a mouth-watering possibility.
Edouard marked his Palace debut in style with two goals against Tottenham Hotspur, and the 23-year-old would surely benefit from his compatriot’s tutelage should Lacazette make the switch across London.
Therefore, Eagles chairman Steve Parish must sanction a move for the £25.2m-rated hitman, bringing a proven Premier League goalscorer into Patrick Vieira’s setup and adding the finishing touches to the club’s already impressive squad overhaul.
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