Arsenal transfer news: Lacazette, Dembele, Fraser, Sarr
Barcelona website profile of Alexandre Lacazette fuels rumours of summer switch to Camp Nou
The summer transfer window for Premier League clubs has opened for business - and the rumour mill is already in overdrive.
One of the most startling stories is the revelation that a profile of Alexandre Lacazette has been found on the official Barcelona website. The discovery is all the more surprising given that signings of players from other national associations can’t commence until the Fifa Transfer Matching System opens on 11 June.
Although it’s subsequently emerged that Barca’s website has many profiles of Europe’s top players, the disclosure has only added to speculation that the French frontman is set to quit the Emirates.
The Daily Star says that French outlet Le 10 Sport has evidence that “Barca have approached the player’s management to assure him of their interest” - and Lacazette has done little to dispel the gossip.
Speaking to Telefoot recently, he said of the Barcelona rumours: “It is flattering.”
The Spanish champions are said to be eyeing Lacazette as an alternative to Atletico Madrid attacker Antoine Griezmann, who according to the French press is bound for Paris Saint-Germain.
Arsenal and Manchester United are both tailing Lyon striker Moussa Dembele, according to Football.London, which says the Premier League clubs sent their scouts to watch the 22-year-old in action in Lyon’s 3-0 win over Marseille.
Former Celtic striker Dembele came off the bench to score his side’s second goal, and his performance has further whetted the appetite of the Gunners.
United are believed to be in pole position, but it’s alleged that the young striker could snub the Red Devils if Arsenal win the Europa League and qualify for the Champions League next season.
With the domestic transfer window now open, might Arsenal be about to make their move for Ryan Fraser?
The Daily Mirror reports that the Bournemouth winger is still on Unai Emery’s radar, and the Scot has increased speculation with an enigmatic post on social media after winning the Cherries’ Supporters’ Player of the Year award.
“Massive thank you to the fans for your support this season,” he wrote. “Also a thank you to my teammates for helping me through what's been a special season.”
The newspaper says that the post is being interpreted as a farewell message from Fraser before heading to the Emirates.
Sarr in the sights
Another name in the Arsenal mix, according to the Daily Star, is Rennes striker Ismaila Sarr.
The Senegalese marksman scored against Arsenal in the Europa League earlier this season and his form has impressed Gunners gaffer Emery.
With Lacazette mooted as a Barcelona target, it’s believed that Emery is considering Sarr as a replacement. Rennes will want £25m for the player, who has also attracted interest from Liverpool, Roma and AC Milan.