Laca among Arsenal strikers for sale to fund Abraham

Date published: Thursday 22nd July 2021 1:29 - Will Ford

Alexandre Lacazette Arsenal

Arsenal are interested in signing Tammy Abraham and are willing to let two of their current strikers leave to fund a move for the Chelsea forward.

Abraham featured for just 17 minutes in the final three months of last season under Thomas Tuchel and the Blues are willing to part with their academy graduate this summer.

And the striker has emerged as a target for Arsenal, with The Athletic reporting that he has a number of admirers at the Emirates, including manager Mikel Arteta.

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The 23-year-old is reportedly aware of Arsenal’s interest and would be open to a move across London.

The Gunners would reportedly prefer a loan move with an option or obligation to buy next summer, but the report claims Chelsea will hold out for a permanent bid of around £40million this summer.

But that has not put Arsenal off; they’re willing to allow two strikers to leave the club to fund their advance.

Pierre-Emerick Aubameyand isn’t going anywhere as he’s just one year in to a lucrative three-year deal.

Folarin Balogun signed a new deal in April and has been earmarked for a role in the senior squad this season, while Gabriel Martinelli will also be hoping for more game time after a frustrating time of it last term.

But both Alexandre Lacazette and Eddie Nketiah are entering the final 12 months of their contracts and would be free to leave for nothing next summer.

Lacazette has previously been linked with a move to Atletico Madrid, among others, and there are no reports of contract talks between the Frenchman and Arsenal – who will reportedly listen to offers this summer.

The club have offered Nketiah a new deal, but without assurances over game time and his long-term future, the 22-year-old is reticent to sign new terms.

The Athletic claim: ‘The likelihood is he will be sold this summer, with Arsenal fielding interest from England and Germany.’

Abraham fits the mould of players Arteta and technical director Edu appear to be targeting this summer.

And the report states: ‘It is hoped the likes of Albert Sambi Lokonga, Ben White and Aaron Ramsdale will join Bukayo Saka, Emile Smith Rowe and others as part of a new youthful core.’


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