Arsenal manager Mikel Arteta could allow Alexandre Lacazette to quit the club this summer if Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang decides to extend his deal at the Emirates.
Lacazette has fallen out of favour under manager Mikel Arteta and has been playing second fiddle in the latest weeks to youngster Eddie Nketiah.
Aubameyang has entered the final year of his deal with the Gunners and despite recent optimism from Mikel over an extension, an agreement appears to be no closer over a fresh deal.
Arteta is desperate to keep the Gabon international but the uncertainty means the chief has to plan for all scenarios.
Should Aubameyang decide against penning a new deal, Arsenal will likely cash in on the star and that would hand a lifeline to Lacazette.
According to Football London, Lacazette’s future won’t be decided until the club can come to a resolution with Pierre-Emerick and the Frenchman could leave if Aubameyang agrees a fresh deal.
Recent reports claim Arsenal could use Alexandre as a makeweight in a move for Atletico Madrid star Thomas Partey.
The Frenchman was set to sign for Diego Simeone’s side in 2017 before Los Rojiblancos were hit with a transfer ban and Arteta is keen on signing Thomas in order to add more strength to his midfield.
The Ghanian has a £45m exit clause in his contract but Arsenal are having to get creative in the transfer window, such is the dire financial situation at the club.