Alexandre Lacazette replacement as striker nears exit
Arsenal sends scout to monitor Alexandre Lacazette replacement as he nears Arsenal’s exit this summer.
As Mikel Arteta continues his drastic revamp of the playing squad, the Gunners look ready to be one of the most active Premier League clubs.
Arsenal spent about £150 million last year on six players, all of whom were 23 or younger.
Alexandre Lacazette has acknowledged he is in contact with a number of clubs as he prepares to leave Arsenal at the end of the season when his contract expires.
And the Spaniard’s youth revolution could continue at the end of the season, with 18-year-old Enciso on the agenda, according to reports from the player’s homeland.
Arsenal is said to be keeping an eye on Paraguayan prodigy Julio Enciso ahead of a possible summer transfer.
Arsenal sends scout
Cronica via Sport Witness claim that Everton Gushiken, who works for the Gunners as a scout, was in attendance during Cerro Porteno’s league clash with Libertad on Sunday.
The report claims that Gushiken was casting his eye over striker Enciso and central defender Alexis Duarte during the home side’s 4-0 victory.
Enciso has been in fine form this season, having scored 10 times in as many appearances in the Paraguayan top flight.
A striker promises to be right at the top of Arteta’s wishlist, with Alexandre Lacazette and Eddie Nketiah both set to leave.
The two forwards are out of contract this summer and their departures will leave a gaping hole in the squad following Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang’s surprise January exit.
Arteta has already hinted that the Gunners will be busy during the summer, speaking earlier this month, he said: “I think both competitions [the Champions League and Europa League] require a much larger squad because the amount of games you play is much bigger in both, so I don’t think [which you qualify for] makes a lot of difference or changes a lot.