Premier League veteran Alexandre Lacazette could leave Arsenal for Inter Milan with InterLive claiming the Serie A champions plan to offer him a three-year contract worth more than £11 million.
With Mikel Arteta seemingly ready to move on from a 30-year-old centre-forward entering the final few months of his contract, Lacazette is determined to ensure he doesn’t go quietly.
Making only his third appearance of the Premier League season off the bench against Crystal Palace on Monday night, the France international offered a timely reminder of the qualities only he can bring to an Arsenal side that frequently lacks physical presence in the final third.
Lacazette’s 94th minute equaliser was the icing on the cake of a superb cameo display in which he helped turn the tide in Arsenal’s favour. He caused Palace’s previously undisturbed back line no end of problems with his outstanding link-play and intelligent movement.
Should Arsenal keep Lacazette or let him leave for Inter?
Another Frenchman, Olivier Giroud, won the Champions League, Europa League and FA Cup after leaving Arsenal for Chelsea in January 2018. And there remains a nagging suspicion letting go of Lacazette, who only turned 30 a few months ago, would also be a mistake, particularly when you consider the former Lyon captain is arguably the most natural centre-forward at Arteta’s disposal.
Reports from Italy, however, claim Inter Milan – who have made a habit of signing experienced players from the English top flight – will consider offering him a three-year contract worth about £11 million.
Lacazette would earn somewhere in the region of £70,000 a week at the San Siro – substantially less than the £180,000 a week he’s understood to take home at the Emirates (Spotrac).
In addition to Lacazette, Arsenal are also expected to lose Mo Elneny and Sead Kolasinac in 2022, while there are also doubts about the futures of Eddie Nketiah and Everton-linked Ainsley Maitland-Niles.