Arsenal star Lacazette makes transfer decision with Aubameyang new contract imminent

Arsenal striker Alexandre Lacazette is ready to push through a transfer to Atletico Madrid, according to reports in Spain. The French forward is now seen as a viable option by Diego Simeone who is keen to add quality to his ranks at the Wanda Metropolitano.

Atletico have been following Lacazette since 2017 and believe they can secure a deal this summer.

The 29-year-old netted seven times and provided nine assists in all competitions last season.

Lacazette is said to be delighted with the interest from Atletico Madrid and is ready to help push for the move himeself.

AS claim the striker’s first choice is the La Liga giants if he does leave the Emirates this summer.

Lacazette has a contract at Arsenal until 2022 meaning any deal could be difficult to pull off.

But those close to the player believe a switch to Atletico is now a viable option.

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The news comes as reports have emerged Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang has signed a new contract with an announcement imminent.

The Athletic claim he will become the highest-paid player at the Emirates and pen a three-year deal.

The intervention of Mikel Arteta was said to be decisive in Aubameyang’s decision to stay put.

The Spanish manager spoke in July about Lacazette and his hopes that he woudl stay at the Emirates.

He explained: “Why would I want to lose a player like him? I’m really happy with him. I really like Alex, I said that even before I joined here that he is the type of striker that I really like.

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“I think he had periods where he was very unlucky because he was having the chances and not converting them which he is not used to.

“But the way he can link play, he’s a massive competitor he hates to lose. He goes for every ball, you see in every challenge how he’s ready to go.

“He works really hard and he’s a very intelligent player, I am really happy with him.”

Arsenal start their new Premier League campaign against Fulham on Saturday (12.30pm).

The Gunners have already sealed an agreement to bring Dani Ceballos back to the club on loan from Real Madrid.

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On rejoining he said: “To be honest, it wasn’t easy for him because he was coming into a dressing room that had already had two other coaches and where the team hadn’t been able to get the results that everyone wanted.

“It wasn’t easy for me to get into the team either because I was coming off the back of a long injury lay-off.

“I felt like I should be playing but I was wrong about that because I wasn’t fit. The coach was really straight with me and said that if I got myself fit and kept working hard, I’d have a chance of getting back into the team.

“I ended up performing well and repaying the faith he’d shown in me before the Newcastle game.

“From that moment onwards, we started to build a good coach/player bond and things went well for me personally. I think he’s made me a much better player in the last six months.”

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