Agreeing to let Diego Costa cancel his contract six months early, Atlético Madrid are now a striker short in their squad.
That’s something Diego Simeone would like addressed as quickly as possible, knowing full well the season is long and Luis Suárez can’t play every game.
Many names have already started circulating, with Leeds’ Rodrigo one of them, but the latest, courtesy of Ciro Venerato, is that of Arsenal’s Alexandre Lacazette.
The Frenchman is an old target of the Spanish club, who already wanted him when he was at Lyon before his move to the Emirates, but they eventually had to watch him transfer to London, where he has enjoyed a mixed bag of form.
The 29-year-old hasn’t been the most regular of starters under Mikel Arteta, but has scored here and there, notching seven goals in 18 appearances in all competitions so far.
This mixed form hasn’t put off Simeone and Atlético, however, at least according to the aforementioned Italian journalist.
Speaking on Kiss Kiss Napoli about the possibility of the La Liga club moving for Arkadiusz Milik, he said, relayed by Il Calcio Napoli: “Simeone has asked Andrea Berta to be quick because he needs a striker. They evaluate other profiles, the latest being Lacazette. Loren Moron was offered, as well as Origi.”
One to keep an eye on, especially following Mikel Arteta’s comments that January would be a time to make the Arsenal squad smaller.