Alexandre Lacazette has an ‘understanding’ with Arsenal that he will be allowed to depart this summer if the team fail to qualify for the Champions League, according to reports.
French forward Alexandre Lacazette has been a mainstay in Arsenal’s team since his £46.5million transfer from Lyon in 2017, scoring 44 goals in 112 matches for the Gunners.
The 28-year-old forward has endured an underwhelming season to date, however, and continues to be linked with a transfer exit ahead of the summer.
Alexandre Lacazette will have two years left on his the Gunners contract come to the end of the season and will be allowed to leave this summer if the Gunners once again miss out on the Champions League, according to The Times.
Arsenal are currently only ninth in the Premier League – seven points adrift of fourth-placed the Blues – but may be able to qualify for the Champions League by finishing fifth following Manchester City’s UEFA taboo.
Mikel Arteta’s side will also qualify for next season’s Champions League if they can win this year’s Europa League.
Arsenal reached the final of the Europa League last campaign and host Olympiakos in the second leg of their last-32 tie on Thursday evening, following their 1-0 win in Greece last week.
Alexandre Lacazette’s strike partner, Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, is also being massively linked with a departure from Arsenal but Arteta wants to convince the Gabon international forward to stay.