Arsenal are set to replace Alexis Sanchez with Alexandre Lacazette and are willing to trigger his £60m buy-out clause, according to The Mirror.
The Gunners are resigned to losing Sanchez this summer and are now contemplating replacements for the Chile international.
Arsene Wenger’s side have long held an interest in Lacazette and reportedly had a bid rejected last summer, sports betting apps suggest he is one of the favourites to lead the line at Emirates next season.
Arsenal are set to return at the end of the season with an improved offer although they face serious competition from Liverpool and Atletico Madrid.
The Reds are set to sell Daniel Sturridge this summer and could then move for Lacazette while Atleti are expected to sell Antoine Griezmann and view the Lyon star as the perfect replacement.
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The 25-year-old has again been in superb form scoring 27 goals in all competitions this season and indeed looks ready to make the step up.
Arsenal are believed to have the funds to spend big again this summer although any move for Lacazette could depnd on whether Arsene Wenger remains at the club.
The Frenchman reiterated his desire to stay yet again in Thursday’s pre-match press conference but his future is still the subject of hot debate particularly following the departure of Luis Enrique from Barcelona.