Arsenal ‘will offer Alexandre Lacazette to Sevilla in a bid to sign Youssef En-Nesyri in January’ as Mikel Arteta looks to continue his Emirates rebuild
- Alexandre Lacazette could be part of a swap deal with Youssef En-Nesyri
- Arsenal want to sign Sevilla’s En-Nesyri and Lacazette could go the other way
- The Frenchman is out of contract at the Emirates at the end of the season
- En-Nesyri is contracted at Sevilla until 2025 and is valued at £38.5million
Arsenal will reportedly consider using Alexandre Lacazette as a makeweight in a deal for Sevilla’s Youssef En-Nesyri in January.
Mikel Arteta wants to sign the Morocco striker, who has scored 33 goals in 85 games since joining Sevilla, but the LaLiga side are said to value him at £38.5million.
However, Spanish newspaper La Razon claim Arsenal could try to negotiate a swap deal, with Sevilla eyeing a move for Lacazette.
Arsenal will reportedly consider using Alexandre Lacazette (left) as a makeweight in a deal for Sevilla’s Youssef En-Nesyri (right) in January
Arteta has already brought in a number of young players including Martin Odegaard, Ben White and Aaron Ramsdale and is keen to continue his rebuild.
En-Nesyri scored 18 goals in LaLiga last season and already has three in six games this term.
He is contracted with the Spanish side until 2025, meaning they are not under pressure to sell.
Lacazette has played 31 minutes of Premier League football this season.
En-Nesyri scored 18 goals in LaLiga last season and already has three in six games this term
The Frenchman missed the first two games of the campaign after testing positive for Covid-19 and has been an unused substitute for the Gunners’ last three matches.
The 30-year-old is out of contract in the summer and Arsenal risk losing him on a free transfer if they are unable to agree a new contract or get a fee for him in January.
The forward is also able to negotiate a pre-contract agreement with overseas clubs at the start of next year.
Arteta however remained tight lipped when asked about Lacazette’s future ahead of the north London derby victory against Tottenham at the weekend.
Lacazette is out of contract in the summer and can speak to overseas clubs in January
On Lacazette’s future, he said: ‘We discuss that internally, we discuss that with him. It’s a long season ahead of us anything can happen everything is open.
‘He just needs to focus on performing and contributing to the team like he always does.
‘He’s a phenomenal character, he’s somebody that’s always pushing and he has a real interest to help the team. That’s not going to change. After we will see what happens.’
If Arsenal do manage to sign En-Nesyri in January, they will see him depart for the African Cup of Nations in the same month.
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