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Arsenal ready to offer Lacazette a short term deal to fend off interest from Lyon and Barcelona

Arsenal are ready to offer a contract extension to Alexandre Lacazette, whose current deal expires this summer.

While the French striker has been widely speculated to leave on a free transfer this summer, the Gunners are now thinking of holding on to him to fend off interests from Barcelona and Lyon.

As reported by L’Equipe(h/t The Daily Mail), the Gunners have decided to offer Lacazette a one-year extension with an option for another year.

The 30-year-old moved to Emirates Stadium from Lyon in 2017 and has since made a significant impact with the Gunners.

Despite being talented and a prolific striker, Lacazette’s injury record has prevented him from reaching greater heights.

He has four goals and seven assists to his name this season while being key to the Gunners’ top-four hopes.

The North Londoners are scouring the market for a new striker following the departure of Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang to Barcelona in January.

The Gabonese striker’s transfer has left a bitter taste in Arsenal’s mouth as he has made a stellar start to his career at Barca.

While the Gunners are eyeing a top-class centre-forward, the lack of options might have forced them to look towards Lacazette.

Benfica striker Darwin Nunez tops the wish list of Mikel Arteta, but he is expected to cost around £70 million, which could be a stumbling block in Arsenal’s pursuit.

The Gunners, who are fourth in the table, will face Brighton in the Premier League this weekend.

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