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Alexandre Lacazette not seeking Arsenal exit after being ‘offered’ to Zenit

Alexandre Lacazette is not looking for a way out of Arsenal despite being offered to Russian side Zenit Saint Petersburg in the summer.

The Frenchman is among the most talented players at the Emirates having arrived from Lyon just over two years ago.

Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang is often preferred to Lacazette as the central striker meaning he is forced out wide.

That has led to suggestions he is becoming a frustrated figure and his agent Dmitry Cheltzov offered him a route out with Zenit.

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Lacazette’s Russian agent was swiftly knocked back though after Zenit labelled his £61m release clause “crazy”.

“I offered Alexandre Lacazette to Zenit,” Cheltzov told Sports Business Gazeta.

“Their sporting director Javier Ribalta said to me: “Are you crazy? His release clause is £61m”

“I told him you can negotiate with Arsenal. I am sure they will be ready to accept something between £43m and £48m. His salary would be £7m after tax.”

Despite Cheltzov’s comments, Lacazette is understood to not have a release clause in his Arsenal contract.

Alexandre Lacazette has scored 38 goals for Arsenal

Zenit would also struggle to muster up the funds having parted with a club-record £36m to sign Malcom from Barcelona in the summer.

Lacazette is currently recovering from an ankle injury that has kept him for several weeks, although he is nearing full fitness.

Prior to injury Lacazette had scored twice in his three outings including a vital strike against Tottenham in the north London derby.

Last term he and Aubameyang provided the bulk of Arsenal’s goals which led to Unai Emery seeking more attacking alternatives to ease the burden on them.

Nicolas Pepe arrived for £72m, but he has yet to find his feet having bagged just one goal which came from the penalty spot against Aston Villa.

Original article: https://www.dailystar.co.uk/sport/football/alexandre-lacazette-not-seeking-arsenal-20566222

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