- Alexandre Lacazette could leave Arsenal for Barcelona or Juventus this summer
- The 29-year-old's current deal expires in the summer of 2022
- The North Londoners are however struggling to persuade their striker to sign an extension
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Arsenal are reportedly planning to offer Alexandre Lacazette to Barcelona or Juventus to avoid losing him for free.
The Frenchman has refused to sign an extension to remain at the Emirates Stadium despite having about 18 months left on his current deal.
However, the Gunners will be looking to cash in on him and use the funds for another quality transfer when he leaves.
He has been a major part of Mikel Arteta's squad this campaign scoring nine goals and two assists in 23 Premier League appearances.
In spite of his exploits with the North Londoners this campaign, Lacazette might be eyeing a move away from his present club for a fresh challenge elsewhere.
SunSport quoting Calcio Mercato claims the forward's representatives are looking to find him an 'ambitious' club, where he can win titles and other individual prizes.
Meanwhile, both the Catalans and Juve fits the bill but the Old Lady are favourites owing to their long-term admiration of the 29-year-old.
The publication hinted that Lacazette is one of the players that could be sold this summer, as the Gunners look to cut costs.
The player's agents want the club to evaluate his current deal but the Gunners are already looking for ways to cut costs.
Spanish League giants Atletico Madrid are another club linked with the former Lyon striker in previous windows.
Diego Simeone's side have done plenty of business with Arsenal of late, having sold them Thomas Partey last summer, while also bringing in Lucas Torreira on loan.
Lacazette has scored 59 goals and 28 assists in 159 appearances since he joined Arsenal ahead of Arsene Wenger's final season with the club in a deal worth £52 million. He has also won an FA Cup and two Community Shield medals.
Legit.ng earlier reported that Aston Villa goalkeeper Emiliano Martínez has explained clearly that the lack of trust Arsenal did not have in him at the Emirates stadium made him leave the North London club.
The Argentine goalie joined Arsenal in 2010 when he was 17 years under former coach Arsene Wenger who allowed him to start his career with the club at the youth team.
Martínez explained that he had no other choice than to leave the Emirates stadium since the Gunners never wanted to give him the chance.
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