The idea that Alexandre Lacazette could be used by Arsenal to try and lower the price for another striker isn’t remotely new, with multiple articles covering the subject in both Spain and England.
Youssef En-Nesyri the most oft named player, but it’s been made clear multiple times that Sevilla aren’t that interested in a sale, rebuffing advances from West Ham United last summer.
La Rázon cover the situation on Tuesday, explaining that Arsenal are the club ‘menacing’ the player’s continuity at the La Liga side.
With the player expected to head off for the Africa Cup of Nations next year, it’s said Sevilla ‘are obliged to sign a replacement’ to help in his absence, and therefore they ‘do not rule out making money’ from either him or Munir, who will also be heading off.
The Spanish side have reportedly valued the player at €45m, while the Gunners ‘believe they can get his services at a lower price by including Alexandre Lacazette in the operation’.
With a contract expiring at the end of the season, the 30-year-old could be used as a makeweight to avoid him being useless and going away for a free, which is why they intend to use him as a ‘bargaining chip’, fully aware he is ‘a footballer liked by Sevilla’.
Juventus, Milan and Atlético Madrid are also big fans, but this operation could allow the Spaniards to ‘get ahead of all of them if they agree to sell En-Nesyri for less than €45m to Arsenal’.
It’s not said how much Lacazette’s inclusion would be worth, but there’s also the option of signing Patrik Schick for Sevilla, whom Monchi likes a lot, and if they can sell the Moroccan to the Gunners, the €25-40m asking price from Bayer Leverkusen is one they could ‘cope with without problems’.