Arsenal have reportedly identified the man that they want to replace Alexis Sanchez this summer – in the event of his departure – with The Mirror suggesting that The Gunners are lining up a £60 million move for Lyon striker Alexandre Lacazette.
Alexis Sanchez has been under the microscope this season, with the Chilean reportedly demanding around £250,000 per week to stay at Arsenal this summer. Of course, his contract expires at the end of next season, and so if Arsenal can’t agree a new deal with him, they could be forced to sell him. Allowing his contract to run down any further could increase the risk of him leaving on a free transfer, presenting Arsene Wenger with a very significant problem.
The Daily Star have also noted that Sanchez has already made his mind up, with the Chilean wanting a move to Spain.
Wenger, then, is reportedly looking to act, with The Mirror noting that Lacazette is topping Arsenal’s list of potential targets, after the Gunners tracked the Frenchman aheaed of a failed move last summer.
Any deal won’t be easy, though, with The Mirror also stating that Liverpool are in the race , and Jurgen Klopp is seemingly keen to improve his options up top.
It isn’t all bad news, though, with Lyon reportedly in a position to sell him this summer.
Would he be a good fit?
Ligue 1 is certainly of a different calibre to the Premier League, and so it would certainly be a risk to bring in Lacazette for a fee of £60 million.
He can only attack what is in front of him, though, and he certainly couldn’t be doing any better than he is at present. He has scored 22 Ligue 1 goals so far this season in only 21 starts.
As a replacement for Sanchez, though, Lacazette might not be the best option. Whilst he has filled in as a centre-forward this season, Sanchez is most efficient on the wing – and Lacazette is undoubtedly an out-and-out striker. Certainly, Lacazette would offer Wenger a huge upgrade up front, with his deadly finishing certainly enough to force Olivier Giroud out of the first team, but he may have to look elsewhere for a direct Sanchez replacement.
Though not a particularly hard worker, Lacazette’s lethality in front of goal would make him a great signing regardless, though, particularly if Arsenal are keen to play him centrally.