Arsenal to respond to Lacazette Barcelona talk with massive £250,000-a-week contract offeR?
Arsenal plan to open talks and hand Frenchman Alexandre Lacazette a new contract, amid speculation Barcelona are seeking a transfer deal.
Arsenal failed to get back inside the top four spot in the Premier League this season and missed out on Champions League football for another season, but the Gunners have a chance to win the Europa League under Unai Emery this season.
But as we approach silly season, there has been some speculation in the media which have claimed that Barcelona may look to try and take the French striker away from the Emirates at the end of the season, as a possible replacement for Luis Suarez.
Barcelona are looking to reveal a number of positions in the transfer window after their humiliating Champions League exit, and have targeted a number of Premier League sides, including Arsenal.
But reports on the Daily Mail website have claimed Lacazette is considered invaluable and the club want to sit down with his representatives once the season finishes to improve his current deal.
The club are aware of interest from Barcelona but feel the striker is happy at the Emirates and will commit his future to the club, despite the fact he recently admitted that he is faltered by the interest shown in him by the Spanish Champions.
The Gunners have a strict wage policy they intend to keep too, but the report suggests that they are willing to offer the striker a massive £250,000-a-week to ward off the attentions of Barcelona.
The Frenchman signed for the Gunners in 2017 for a then-club record fee of around £47million, but is reportedly unhappy at playing second fiddle to Aubameyang, despite the pairs goal-scoring efforts this season.
Lacazette is a world class striker that has really stepped up his game under Emery this season, but unless they beat Chelsea in the final at the end of the month, he has not intention of spending another season in the Europa League.
And of course being linked with a move to Barcelona is flattering, as they are still the club most players would love to play for as they are up there as one of the best clubs in the history of football.
So if Arsenal receive the right offer, then it would not be a shock to see the Frenchman leave the club and seek pastures new.