Spanish giants Barcelona will be testing Arsenal’s strong will to keep hold of their striker Alexandre Lacazette this summer.
The France International has drawn the attention of the La Liga outfit as they are said to be in the market for a potential long-term replacement for their Uruguayan striker Luis Suarez this summer.
The Catalans was formerly reported to be keen on Marcus Rashford, who is younger, but Manchester United wants to tie the English forward with a contract extension that will set his release clause at £130million.
Express reported that Barcelona immediately turned their intentions to Lacazette right after bagging a brace against their League rivals Valencia on Thursday night in the semi-final first leg of the Europa League.
His brace against the Spanish club took his goal count to 18 for his club this season. The Gunners might just be losing the striker to Barcelona as their hope of securing a Champions League spot gets thinner.
Barcelona Sport director Eric Abidal is said to be in a good relationship with Lacazette with both parties sharing the same agent, but talks of a potential move are yet to start.
Barcelona are reported to be preparing an offer of £70 million for the France international, which could be eye-watery enough for the Gunners to sell him to the Catalans this summer.