Inter Milan are reportedly among the clubs interested in the services of Arsenal forward Alexandre Lacazette, whose contract expires at the end of the season.

According to Fichajes, Arsenal are facing a battle to keep hold of Alexandre Lacazette. They have not had any luck negotiating a contract extension with the forward, whose current deal expires at the end of the season.

Lacazette’s precarious situation at the Emirates has put multiple clubs on red alert, including Inter Milan. The Serie A champions are closely monitoring the state of affairs in North London, with the French forward expected to depart next summer, especially if Arsenal fail to qualify for European football.

Formerly of Lyon, Lacazette has had a mixed spell at Arsenal since joining the club back in 2017. He has netted 70 goals in 187 competitive appearances but has not been able to prove himself as a reliable goalscorer. It has led to him living under the shadow of Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang for the majority of his spell in North London.

However, the Frenchman has enjoyed an excellent run of form lately. He has been involved in five goals in the last four matches, even captaining Arsenal on several occasions. Arsenal have scored 14 goals during this period, and it appears the forward is flourishing in the absence of Aubameyang, who may end up exiting the Emirates amid interest from Newcastle United.

Lacazette is a man in demand (Photo by Louisa Gouliamaki/AFP via Getty Images)
Lacazette is a man in demand (Photo by Louisa Gouliamaki/AFP via Getty Images)

Inter Milan’s interest in Lacazette stems from the club’s lack of reliable alternatives for Edin Dzeko and Lautaro Martinez. New signing Joaquin Correa is yet to make a bid impact, while Martinez’s excellent performances have led to speculations surrounding his future, with Chelsea among the clubs reportedly interested in his services.

Even Dzeko is in the final phase of his career, thus accentuating the need for the Serie A champions to sign a new forward next summer. And that is where Lacazette could come into the fray.

The 30-year-old offers vast experience at the highest level of football, which could be useful as Inter look to maintain their dominance over Italian football. The Nerazzurri, though, may face stiff competition from Juventus and Newcastle United in the pursuit of the Frenchman, while an extended stay at Arsenal cannot be ruled out either.

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