Atletico Madrid interested in signing Arsenal striker Alexandre Lacazette in summer transfer

16-05-2019 07:05

VALENCIA, SPAIN - MAY 09: Alexandre Lacazette of FC Arsenal celebrates after scoring his team's second goal during the UEFA Europa League Semi Final Second Leg match between Valencia and Arsenal at Estadio Mestalla on May 9, 2019 in Valencia, Spain. (Photo by TF-Images/Getty Images)

Lacazette is wanted by two Spanish clubs (Picture: Getty)

Atletico Madrid have joined Barcelona in the race to sign Alexandre Lacazette this summer, according to reports.

Barcelona were linked to Lacazette as a potential alternative to Antoine Griezmann, but now Atletico are considering the Arsenal striker as their replacement for their wantaway talisman.

Griezmann announced this week he would be leaving Atletico at the end of the season, with Barcelona and Paris Saint-Germain installed as favourites to land the Frenchman.

Le 10 Sport claim Atletico have made initial contact to gather information on Lacazette and a potential deal.

Atletico Madrid need a replacement for Antoine Griezmann this summer

Griezmann confirmed this week he was leaving Atletico (Picture: Getty)

While no formal talks with Arsenal have been opened, the Gunners will be concerned about another side registering an interest in their frontman.

Lacazette is a crucial player in Arsenal’s squad, having struck up an excellent partnership with Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang.

The 27-year-old scored 13 times in the Premier League this season, as well as chipping in with eight assists.

LONDON, ENGLAND - MAY 02: Alex Lacazette celebrates scoring for Arsenal with Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang during the UEFA Europa League Semi Final First Leg match between Arsenal and Valencia at Emirates Stadium on May 02, 2019 in London, England. (Photo by Stuart MacFarlane/Arsenal FC via Getty Images)

Lacazette is a big favourite at the Emirates (Picture: Getty)

Lacazette has also struck five times in the Europa League, as Arsenal prepare for the final in Baku against Chelsea at the end of the month.

While Atletico weigh up whether to move for Lacazette, the La Liga side are also interested in Paris Saint-Germain striker Edinson Cavani.

Lacazette responded to Barcelona’s interest in him last weekend, admitting he was ‘flattered’ to be linked with the Catalan giants.

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