Arsenal transfer round-up: Alexandre Lacazette’s future resolved as swap deal emerges

Arsenal are expected to spend big yet again this summer after the board promised to back Mikel Arteta in the upcoming transfer window, as the Gunners look to re-enter the top four next season and qualify for the Champions League.

However, they will be doing so without the services of Alexandre Lacazette, who has officially sealed a return to Lyon on a three-year-deal, while youngster Gabriel Martinelli could also be involved in a shock exit from north London as part of a swap deal for a midfield target.

Mirror Football takes a look at all the latest transfer stories coming out of the Emirates Stadium…

Lacazette seals Lyon return

Arsenal forward Alexandre Lacazette will leave Arsenal upon the expiry of his contract at the end of the month and re-join Lyon on a three-year deal this summer, as he brings to an end his five-year stay at the Emirates Stadium.

The Frenchman has been destined to leave north London at the end of the season after failing to agree on new terms with the Gunners, who have already begun to plan for life without him as they go in search of at least one new striker ahead of the next campaign.

Lacazette leaves Arsenal having scored 71 goals in 216 games in all competitions. The 31-year-old won the club’s Player of the Season award for 2018-19 and secured the 2017 FA Community Shield, as well as the 2018-19 FA Cup.

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Alexandre Lacazette has secured a move back to Lyon on a five-year-deal

Alexandre Lacazette has secured a move back to Lyon on a five-year-deal

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Martinelli eyed for shock swap deal

Arsenal youngster Gabriel Martinelli is seen as one of the brightest stars of the future at Arsenal as well as in the Premier League, but reports have emerged over a potential departure from the Emirates Stadium for the Brazilian this summer as part of a swap deal for Juventus midfielder Arthur Melo.

The Gunners are chasing a top level midfielder ahead of next season as they look to secure a top four finish, and the 25-year-old is seen as the perfect candidate, with the north London outfit having a longstanding interest in the player.

And according to a report from Calcio Mercato, via, Arsenal are set to be hit by an offer from Juventus for Martinelli’s services should Mikel Arteta wish to prize Melo away from Turin this summer, in what is believed to be part of an unlikely swap deal.

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Gunners receive Zinchenko boost

Arsenal have been linked with a move for Manchester City ’s Oleksandr Zinchenko in recent times and the Gunners have potentially received a boost in their pursuit of the defender as Pep Guardiola’s side grow closer to signing Brighton & Hove Albion’s Marc Cucurella.

That is according to El Desmarque, via, who report that City are ‘very close’ to landing the Spanish left back. This has therefore increased the chances of Zinchenko moving on from the Etihad Stadium this summer, with the Gunners highly interested in signing the Ukrainian.

Zinchenko has five assists in 28 appearances for the Premier League champions this season and has impressed since joining in 2016. Mikel Arteta is looking for another left back after Nuno Tavares struggled to make the required impact last campaign.

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