According to Spanish outlet AS, we could see a straight swap between Arsenal and Atletico Madrid, with Alexandre Lacazette going to Spain and Thomas Lemar moving to London. The report says that Lacazette (28), who is now in the “prime of his career”, is at the top of Atletico’s priority list, but finances are limited and a swap would therefore be a great solution. AS also claim that Arsenal are indeed interested in Lemar.
Of course, we know that Lemar isn’t the only Atletico player Arsenal have looked at, with heavy links to Thomas Partey beginning in April and continuing through May. How those two situations will influence each other, we can only guess.
Thomas Lemar joined Atletico Madrid from AS Monaco for €70 million in the summer of 2018, but never lived up to the heights he had reached in Monaco’s title-winning team of 2016/17, a season in which he netted 14 goals. Lemar has not scored at all in the 19/20 season and if he stays, his first team prospects could be dwindling with the likes of Joao Felix and Correa to compete with.
Nevertheless, he is a talented player and someone Arsenal have been watching since Wenger identified him as a top target in the summer of 2017. That summer, on deadline day, a sensation €100 million was tabled for the player, but a move did not materialise. We can only assume Lemar rejected the move to stay at Monaco at that time, which meant Alexis Sanchez’s move to Manchester City was also blocked.
Lacazette is surrounded by controversy at the moment, and Arsenal have said that action will be taken after photos of the player inhaling balloons were leaked to the media. This swap could be a very easy way to offload him while simultaneously landing a top target.