Juventus begin talks to sign Arsenal striker Alexandre Lacazette

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Alexandre Lacazette joined Arsenal three years ago from Lyon (Picture: Getty)

Juventus have begun their push to sign Alexandre Lacazette from Arsenal by holding talks with the striker’s representatives.

The France international joined the Gunners from Lyon three years ago in what was then a club record £52million deal.

Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang arrived six months later, however, from Borussia Dortmund and although the pair have formed a strong partnership, both on and off the pitch, Lacazette has largely played second fiddle to the Gabon international.

The 29-year-old’s form dipped markedly this season and he went over a year without scoring a Premier League goal away from home before ending that particular drought in the recent win over Wolves.

Before the season was suspended due to the coronavirus pandemic he suffered the ignominy of losing his place to rookie teenager Eddie Nketiah and, with two years remaining on his contract, Le 10 Sport claim he is attracted to the idea of a fresh challenge.

Juventus are expected to shake up their squad once the transfer window opens, despite standing on the brink of wrapping up the Serie A title.

An ageing forward line that includes the likes of Cristiano Ronaldo and Gonzalo Higuain will need strengthening, despite the continued excellence of Paulo Dybala, and Lacazette has been identified as a suitable candidate.

Lacazette’s recent performances for Arsenal have improved – he has scored three times in his last four appearances – and Mikel Arteta showered him with significant praise ahead of Saturday’s FA Cup semi-final against Manchester City.

He said: ‘I really like Alex, I said that before I even joined here. He’s the type of striker that I really like. I think he has periods where he was very unlucky because he was having the chances and not converting which he is not used to.

‘But the way he can link play, he’s a massive competitor, he hates to lose, he goes for every ball. ‘You see in every challenge how he’s ready to go, how hard he works and he’s a very intelligent player. I am really happy with him.

Asked whether Lacazette is player he doesn’t want to lose, Arteta responded: ‘Why would I want to lose a player like him?! I am really happy with him.’

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