Italian club AS Roma could move for Alexander Lacazette to help Arsenal complete their fourth signing this summer. Serie A are locked in a tussle with the Gunners to sign Tommy Ibrahim, but if the Chelsea forward refuses to join the Italians, he could move on for the Frenchman.
Abraham is a preferred target for Roma manager Jose Mourinho as he looks for a replacement for Eden Zico, who is set to replace Romelu Lukaku at Inter Milan. The Blues are set to split from England International, who have been deemed superfluous since acquiring Lukaku from Inter in a 98million deal earlier this week.
The Roman club have already agreed a fee for Ibrahim with Chelsea. The deal is expected to be an initial loan of 5 5 million, with the obligation to make it more permanent next summer at 35 35 million (6 29.6 million). However, the Blues forward does not want to go to Italy and prefers to stay in England.
Arsenal are looking for a striker and are interested in signing Ibrahim this summer. There are two things that stand in the way of the North London club – the first is the reluctance to strengthen Chelsea’s rivals and the second, Failed to load weapons. One of their forwards – Lacazette or Eddie Nketiah.
According to the Italian publication Calcio Mercato., Roma could provide a helping hand as they also see the former France International as an option to replace Zico. Lacazette is in the final year of his contract with Arsenal and has not been offered an extension. The Gunners are ready to listen to offers for the forward this summer.
Mourinho is considering signing Lacazette if Ibrahim is not available and could prove to be a cheaper option for the Italian club in terms of transfer fees. It is possible that he will command a fee in the area of 20 million, but he wants a higher salary than the English forward.
Roma want to sign a striker as a priority and on Pinto’s arrival in London they will see him discussing every option available. Arsenal manager Mikel Arteta will not want to lose to Lacazette in the new Premier League campaign, but any deal is likely to come after the Gunners’ clash against Brentford on Friday night.