Barcelona & Arsenal: Alexandre Lacazette’s possible £70m Camp Nou switch

Alexandre Lacazette

Barcelona & Arsenal’s Alexandre Lacazette

The Express on Sunday have an eye-catching transfer story suggesting that Barcelona could sign Arsenal’s Alexandre Lacazette this summer for £70m.

Really? Is this actually going to happen?

As is so often the case in these matters, the Express pad out their report with a series of caveats. The biggest caveat is the following sentence:

Lacazette is known to be close to Barca’s technical secretary Eric Abidal but no formal talks have been opened yet.

Arsenal fans may also wonder where the £70m price tag for Lacazette comes from. Sadly the Express offer no insight into where they’ve pulled that figure from.

So what facts are detailed in the transfer report? Basically none, as readers are told:

The Catalan giants were watching closely on Thursday when Lacazette scored twice against Valencia in the Europa League semi final.

While that suggests that Barcelona may have sent a scout to watch Lacazette, there’s no evidence of that happening.

Lacazette is under contract at Arsenal until 2022.

Copying Mundo Deportivo

So where did the Express get their story from?

While they fail to mention Spanish paper Mundo Deportivo, the Express seem to have relied on the Iberian news outlet.

Alexandre Lacazette: Arsenal’s player of the year

Over the weekend, Arsenal confirmed that Lacazette is the club’s 2018-19 player of the season.

The French striker has scored 18 goals in all competitions this season, while he’s scored 35 times in 85 appearances since joining the Gunners from Lyon.

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