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Alexandre Lacazette’s ‘strained’ relationship with Arsenal could attract Atletico bid

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Spanish giant Atletico Madrid are still considering moving Arsenal star Alexandre Lacazette in the January transfer window, given the striker’s “strained” relationship with coach Mikel Arteta.

Los Rojiblancos have already stepped up their attacking options this winter, bringing Lyon striker Moussa Dembele on loan for the remainder of the season. But Diego Simeone is keen to strengthen his line of attack even further, having allowed Diego Costa to leave the club on a free transfer.

According to AS, Arsenal striker Lacazette remains firmly on Atleti’s radar. Simeone is a big admirer of the 29-year-old, and the Frenchman’s allegedly fractured relationship with current coach Arteta has left him on the list of possible departures from Emirates Stadium.

His north London contract runs until the summer of 2022, and it is possible that Arsenal will sell to avoid a drop in value as the final year of his contract approaches.

Arsenal know they are running out of time to take advantage of Lacazette if he does not sign a new deal with the club, and Atleti is certainly a viable option; he was linked with a move to the Spanish capital before leaving Lyon.

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Lacazette is in good shape for the Gunners | Pool / Getty Images

There was also talk of a possible swap deal between the two clubs, which would see Lacazette heading to Spain and winger Thomas Lemar arriving in the Premier League. The 25-year-old had failed to find a regular role in Simeone’s plans before this season, but the exit of Thomas Partey saw him return to his former form at Wanda Metropolitano.

Its surprising revival throws big question marks over whether this deal will resurface, meaning it’s more likely that a simple transfer could take place. Despite his icy relationship with Arteta, Lacazette has remained an integral part of Arsenal’s plans this year, scoring seven goals in 15 appearances, four of which have arrived in his last five outings.

Despite his icy relationship with Arteta, Lacazette has remained an integral part of Arsenal’s plans this year, scoring seven goals in 15 appearances, four of which have arrived in his last five outings.