Sky Sports insider Kaveh Solhekol has provided an update on the future of Arsenal duo Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and Alexandre Lacazette.
A recent report in Spanish outlet Sport has claimed that Spanish side Barcelona are showing an interest in signing either of the two forwards, with the report claiming that “the Gabonese and French forwards would both be keen to make a move to Camp Nou”.
Barcelona are going through a major financial crisis right now, so signing players isn’t so straightforward for them this summer, but that apparently hasn’t stopped them from looking at potential options to replace the void left behind by Lionel Messi.
But speaking about the situation on Sky Sports News, Solhekol claimed that having spoken to people close to the club, he didn’t think the club would allow both of them to leave this summer:
“Speaking to somebody close to the club today, they told me that it would be irresponsible and a massive gamble for them to sell their two senior strikers. He told me that was not going to happen, because they couldn’t go into the season relying on young strikers like [Eddie] Nketiah and [Folarin] Balogun and [Gabriel] Martinelli.”
“So I’d be very surprised if they sold both their strikers. But there is interest in Aubameyang, and I think they would listen to offers for Lacazette.”
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Should Arsenal sell Lacazette?
Whilst Lacazette might look the more appealing option to keep this summer, given he is younger than Aubameyang and was more useful last season with 17 goals and 3 assists as opposed to 15 and 4, given that he has only got one year left on his contract – compared to two for Aubameyang – if ever there was a time to move him on, now would be it.
And whilst they might not be able to get much for him, especially if he moved to somewhere like cash-strapped Barcelona, any amount of money could be useful for them as they continue to rebuild this summer, so they could put that money and wages towards the signing of a creative midfielder who can provide the goals for the likes of Nketiah, Balogun and Martinelli, who are waiting in the wings to take his place.