Arsenal could sell Alexandre Lacazette to raise Houssem Aouar transfer funds

Arsenal could sell Alexandre Lacazette to fund their pursuit of Houssem Aouar.

Mikel Arteta is looking to improve his playing squad before the transfer window closes in October, and he could sacrifice one of his forwards to add some creativity in the middle of the pitch.

The Gunners have been linked to both Thomas Partey and Lyon playmaker Aouar in recent weeks, which has led to questions over the future of Matteo Guendouzi and Lucas Torreira.

Although Torreira could end up joining Atletico Madrid to help a switch for Partey, Lacazette could be moved on to give Arteta the cash to bring in the aforementioned 22-year-old.

The Independent have reported that Arsenal could cash in on Lacazette as he enters the final two years of his contract, and that they are not willing to offer him a new deal.

In addition, they say that they could end up selling Lacazette now to raise the funds needed for Aouar.

As well as Aouar, Partey could end up moving to the Emirates this summer as the club continue to build on their team that won the FA Cup at the end of last season.

Despite his importance, Atletico will not be able to stand in Arsenal’s was should they match his release clause – which is believed to be in the region of £45m.

Fabrizio Romano offered a further update on Wednesday, and insisted that the Gunners will not be able to use Torreira in a swap deal which means he will have to be sold separately.

Arsenal have started the league season in good form with wins over both Fulham and West Ham, and Arteta has hinted that he is pleased with his current options in midfield.

He said: “I think they've been really good since I joined the club [Granit Xhaka and Dani Ceballos].

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“Not only then but also this season, he deserved to play again today but I just wanted to rotate.

Before adding: “Until the market is gone, everything is still open.

“As I say again, we are open to discussions, the market can surprise us. [Teams] can come for any of our players in different positions and we have to react, like it happened with Emi [Martinez]. So let's see what happens.”

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