Arsenal are again considering a move for Lyon striker Moussa Dembele, as speculation continues over the future of Alexandre Lacazette.
Dembele was in fine form prior to the Ligue 1 season being cancelled last month, finishing the campaign with 16 goals in 27 appearances.
He was heavily linked with a move to Chelsea in January and it now appears that one of the Blues’ London rivals are again in the race for his signature.
With Lacazette linked with a move to Inter by French outlet L’Equipe, Mikel Arteta is thought to be eyeing up Dembele as a potential replacement.
However, the Nerazzurri will only consider bringing in the Gunners forward if they lose Lautaro Martinez to Barcelona in the summer – which seems increasingly likely. A source told 90min earlier this month that Barça are confident of getting their man and are planning on offloading several players in order to fund the move.
If that deal goes through it could trigger a chain reaction of other transfers, starting with Lacazette departing for Inter. The Frenchman – who has managed seven goals in 20 Premier League games this season – is not thought to be keen on the move, but Arsenal are open to moving him on as they know any transfer business this summer will have to be funded by player sales.
He has already been used as a bargaining chip in the club’s attempts to sign Thomas Lemar from Atletico Madrid as his contract – which expires in two years time – shows no signs of being extended.
If Lacazette does opt to move away from the Emirates Stadium, Dembele is being considered as his replacement. They will face significant competition to sign the former Celtic man, with Manchester United reported to be interested in a £60m move earlier this month.