Atletico Madrid are prepared to restart their long-standing interest in Arsenal striker Alexandre Lacazette.
Madrid attempted to sign the former Lyon striker three years ago but the 29-year-old was persuaded to join Arsenal by Arsene Wenger instead.
The Spanish club have kept tabs on Lacazette and, according to Marca, are ready to make a fresh move for a player who is likely to be sold by the Gunners this summer in a bid to fund their own summer spending spree.
Gunners’ boss Mikel Arteta remains keen to bolster his midfield, particularly in light of the complications surrounding a possible deal for Dani Ceballos, and Ainsley Maitland-Niles’ impending departure.
Atletico are unlikely to spend big this summer and have been priced out of moves for the likes of Luis Suarez, Gonzalo Higuain and Edinson Cavani, but sporting Andrea Berta is willing to tempt Arteta’s side by offering them a choice of three players in return for Lacazette.
The north London club have been heavily linked with a move for Thomas Partey and are even said to have agreed personal terms with the defensive midfielder.
Atletico, however, are unwilling to sanction his departure and the Ghana international now looks more likely to sign a new contract.
Instead, they will offer Thomas Lemar, who Arsenal tried to sign as a possible replacement for Alexis Sanchez back in the summer of 2017, or Angel Correa or Vitolo as a makeweight.