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Atletico Madrid and Sevilla ponder over a switch for Arsenal striker this year

Several European clubs have expressed their desire to sign the Arsenal striker in the summer transfer window.

As the 2020-21 season enters it’s final stages, top European clubs are busy scouting their potential targets for the summer transfer window. Clubs are expected to incur substantial expenses as they look forward to bolster their squads. Spanish giants, Atletico Madrid and Sevilla have already shortlisted French striker, Alexandre Lacazette of Arsenal as they will battle it out to acquire his services, as reported.

The 29 year-old enters his final year of contract at the Emirates this summer, and and if rumors are anything to be believed, then he might be on his way out in the summer. The French forward has managed to score 61 goals in 161 appearances for Arsenal since joining the club in 2017. He has often played as a second fiddle to Pierre-Emrick Aubameyang. However, this season things did look a bit different as Lacazette has been a vital part of Arteta’s side, scoring 13 goals in all competitions.

Atletico Madrid have been following the French striker since the last summer, with the likes of Sevilla and Roma joining in the race. Roma are desperate to sign a striker in the summer, after Edin Dzeko has had a dismal season so far, and the club no longer wants to bear his extravagant wages. As for Sevilla, the Moroccan striker, Youssef En-Nesyri is expected to remain the club’s first choice striker, however, goals have been hard to come by from other sources. The Spanish club will forward to adding some depth in their attacking line, which will take some pressure off the young Moroccan striker.

With one year left on Lacazette’s contract, Arsenal will be looking at a sum of around 30 million euros, if the Frenchman does leave the club in the summer. However, extending the 29-year old’s contract at the club seems to be the best case scenario for both the club and the striker himself. He scored the winner in the north London derby just a couple of weeks ago and scored a precious equalizer in a dramatic 3-3 with the Hammers.

What Lacazette must realize is that he will not be a regular starter at either Sevilla or Atletico Madrid. Luis Suarez is expected to lead the lines for Simeone, whereas, Alvaro Morata might return to the club after a loan spell with his former club, Juventus. Mikel Arteta seems to be a building a team for the future and the choices he makes in the summer will be a part of a long term project. With Lacazette proving his goal-scoring abilities in the past few matches, is it the right decision to give a new contract?