Sky Sports are claiming that Mikel Arteta could lose one of his key attackers in the event that Atletico Madrid are not able to land their main target in the transfer window.
With the club still struggling to secure a spot in the Champions League after a three-year absence, the future of a number of key players have been put into serious doubt over the last 12 months.
And according to Sky Sports, Alexandre Lacazette could be snapped up by Atletico Madrid, if the Spanish side are not able to secure the signing of their chief target Edinson Cavani.
The report from Sky also suggests that any deal for Lacazette to leave the Emirates stadium would also see Thomas Lemar join the Gunners in a potential swap deal.
Prior to his move to Arsenal from Lyon in 2017, Lacazette – who is earning £182,000-a-week wages (Mirror) – was strongly linked with an Atletico transfer with Spanish source Cope even claiming a deal had been agreed by the La Liga side at the time.
“Lacazette is a second option for Atletico Madrid.” Spanish football expert Alvaro Montero told Sky Sports about the possible move
“If they can loan or maybe there is a transfer for Lacazette, it’s always if Thomas Lemar goes to Arsenal and that will be the agreement.”