Arsenal may have to accept Alexandre Lacazette transfer offer to land Thomas Lemar deal

Atletico Madrid have reportedly decided Alexandre Lacazette is their top target should they fail to sign Edinson Cavani and hope Arsenal’s interest in Thomas Lemar could make a deal happen. Arsenal have been quiet in the January transfer window so despite a number of reports on who they’ll target.

Lemar has been a long-term target for the club and a deal was supposedly agreed back in 2017 for the winger to move to the Emirates from Monaco, only for it to fall through at the eleventh hour.

The 24-year-old went on to join Atletico Madrid a year later but he has struggled to find his best form with the La Liga side.

Atletico boss Diego Simeone has now hinted Lemar could be allowed to leave the club, with Arsenal once again strongly linked with his signature.

The Spanish club meanwhile have their eyes set on signing Cavani from Paris Saint-Germain, who will become a free agent at the end of the season.

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But Marca report Atletico could turn their attentions to Lacazette if they fail to agree terms with Cavani.

And it is claimed Atletico could use Arsenal’s interest in Lemar to make the deal happen.

There could be a small twist though with Arsenal also reportedly being linked with Cavani.

The Uruguay international is PSG’s all-time record goalscorer having spent seven years in the French capital, winning five league titles.

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