Reports across the European media over the last 24 hours have hinted at a potential swap deal involving Atletico Madrid winger Thomas Lemar, and Arsenal striker Alexandre Lacazette.
Diego Simeone’s Atleti are known to be on the lookout for reinforcements up top this month.
With Alvaro Morata, Diego Costa and Joao Felix having combined for a total of just 11 La Liga goals to this point in the campaign, the capital giants are keen to add some much-needed firepower to their front-line.
The Rojiblancos’ no.1 target, meanwhile, has long been named as Edinson Cavani.
Amid his struggles for game-time behind Mauro Icardi at PSG, Uruguayan veteran Cavani is viewed as an attainable target by those in charge at the Wanda Metropolitano.
In fact, with the attacker’s deal in Paris due to expire in the summer, it has even been claimed that a pre-contract agreement is already in place for Cavani to make the move to the Spanish capital at the end of the season.
However, contrasting reports stemming from Spain over the last 24 hours have suggested that Atletico are keen to push a deal for the PSG goalscoring legend over the line this month, to avail of Cavani’s talents over the second-half of the season.
To this point, though, no agreement has been forthcoming.
Lacazette – Lemar swap?
And, if mounting speculation across Europe is to be believed, then Atleti have a firm Plan B in mind, should they fail to land Cavani over the coming weeks.
This backup operation would see the Colchoneros target Arsenal hitman Alexandre Lacazette.
The main problem surrounding the potential arrival of Cavani in Madrid appears to be finance-related.
Atletico are strapped for cash this month, and are, as a result, seeking out cut-price deals.
As such, the proposal of a swap deal with Arsenal, which would allow the La Liga giants to keep their outlay to a minimum, is now being considered.
Such a transfer would see the struggling Thomas Lemar, heavily-linked with a move to the Emirates before his switch to Atletico, join the Gunners, in exchange for Alexandre Lacazette.
As per Spanish football expert Alvaro Montero:
‘Lacazette is a second option for Atletico Madrid.’
‘If they can loan or maybe there is a transfer for Lacazette, it’s always if Thomas Lemar goes to Arsenal and that will be the agreement.’