Arsenal could be set to land Atletico Madrid midfielder Thomas Lemar in swap deal for Alexandre Lacazette.
Lacazette’s future was plunged into uncertainty after he was pictured inhaling “hippy crack”, with the Gunners having confirmed they are ready to take “serious” disciplinary action.
The French striker could face a maximum of two weeks’ fine after pictures emerged of him inhaling from a ballon at his home last week.
But the ramifications could be more far reaching the 28-year-old with club officials viewing his behavior in dim-light.
Despite the incident, Atletico Madrid are still keen on Lacazette and are ready to offer attacking midfielder Lemar in part-exchange.
Arsenal tried to sign Lemar from Monaco two years ago.
However, the 24-year-old has fallen out of favor at the Wanda Metropolitano.
He has started just 11 games for Atletico this season, with the La Liga side’s manager Diego Simeone having admitted the player “hasn’t been able to live upto expectations.”
While Atleti are prepared to use Lemar as a bargaining chip, the Gunners might also be interested in midfielder Thomas Partey, who has impressed at the base of the Spanish side’s midfield this season and has been touted as a target for Mikel Arteta.
Lacazette scored 36 goals in his first two seasons at the Emirates, but has struggled for form this season after suffering an ankle injury in September.
He is about to enter the final two years of his contract, and given the current disciplinary situation and the fact he wants to play in the Champions League, this summer’s transfer window would appear to be the ideal one in which to cash in.
Arsenal have previously warned Lacazette and several of his team-mates about the use of nitrous oxide.
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