Atletico Madrid are ready to revive their long-standing interest in Arsenal striker Alexandre Lacazette.
The Spanish club attempted to sign the former Lyon striker three years ago but the 29-year-old was persuaded to join the Gunners by Arsene Wenger instead.
Lacazette started his Arsenal career promisingly, but has largely played second fiddle to the prolific Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang who arrived just six months after the France international’s then club record transfer.
Atletico have kept tabs on Lacazette and, according to Marca, are ready to make a fresh move for a player who is likely to be sold by Arsenal this summer in a bid to fund their own summer spending spree.
The Gunners have already signed Willian on a free transfer from Chelsea and are closing in on the signing of Brazilian centre-half Gabriel from Lille.
Mikel Arteta remains keen to bolster his midfield, particularly in light of the complications surrounding a possible deal for Dani Ceballos, who spent last season on loan in north London from Real Madrid, and Ainsley Maitland-Niles’ impending departure.
Atletico are unlikely to spend big this summer and have been priced out of moves for the likes of Luis Suarez, Gonzalo Higuain and Edinson Cavani, but sporting Andrea Berta is willing to tempt Arsenal by offering them a choice of three players in return for Lacazette.
Arsenal have been heavily linked with a move for Thomas Partey and are even said to have agreed personal terms with the defensive midfielder. Atletico, however, are unwilling to sanction his departure and the Ghana international now looks more likely to sign a new contract.
Instead, they will offer Thomas Lemar, who Arsenal tried to sign as a possible replacement for Alexis Sanchez back in the summer of 2017, or Angel Correa or Vitolo as a makeweight.
Arsenal, meanwhile, began their pre-season campaign with a 4-1 win over MK Dons last night. A selection of first team players featured, including Aubameyang, but Lacazette was not included in the squad.
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