The financial implications due to the Coronavirus could really hamper the transfer market this Summer, but it’s also likely that clubs will run with leaner squads and use the younger players more.
The issue could be that most clubs won’t want to spend any money so the market could stall completely, but we’ve seen that Arsenal have a few financial issues to deal with after The Mirror reported they were looking for the players to take a year long pay cut.
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That suggests they could be open to selling some players, and a report from El Desmarque has shown how a large number of Arsenal fans voted in a Twitter poll to say they would happily sell Alexandre Lacazette.
The report suggests this could throw the Frenchman’s future into doubt, and it is worth noting that he’s been linked strongly with Atletico Madrid by Soccer Link in recent times.
A lot might revolve around Pierre Emerick Aubameyang’s situation, with the Gabon international approaching the final year of his contract in what is no doubt a worrying situation for Arsenal.
Lacazette turns 29 this summer and his record of 45 goals in 114 games is solid if unspectacular, so he could be easily replaced and this would be the last time he might attract a sizeable transfer fee.
It remains to be seen if Atletico do decide to make a move for him this summer, but it sounds like plenty of the fans wouldn’t be sorry to see him go, and if he happens to have seen that particular poll, he might well get the impression he’s not wanted and is better off moving on.