Transfer Talk: Barca to take advantage of Alexandre's Lac of Gunners contract
Barcelona want to sign Arsenal striker Alexandre Lacazette on a free transfer when his contract expires this summer.
The 30-year-old has played a key role during the Gunners' impressive charge towards the Premier League top four this season but still appears likely to leave.
Despite reports they will offer the club captain a one-year extension, manager Mikel Arteta recently indicated any talks will be put on hold until the end of the current campaign.
The Spaniard said last week: "We have discussed that at the end of the season, when we know where we are we are going, to make a decision together [on Lacazette's future].
"We agreed the decision is to do it in the summer [assess the situation] and that's when we are going to do it."
Spanish outlet Sport say Barca will look to take advantage of the uncertainty over the No9’s future by offering him a contract.
The Blaugrana’s January signing of ex-Gunner Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang has proved an undoubted success, meaning they could head to North London to strike a deal once again.
The Catalan club want to sign a new goalscorer this summer, with Erling Haaland, Robert Lewandowski and Mohamed Salah top of their priorities.
But with all three deals requiring a big transfer fee and wages, out-of-contract Lacazette could represent a cheaper option.
The Frenchman is free to discuss pre-contract agreements with clubs outside England as he enters the final months of his deal, with former side Lyon also interested in a move.
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Tottenham are interested in signing Leeds winger Jack Harrison this summer after enquiring about the 25-year-old in January, according to the Telegraph.