Alexandre Lacazette is keeping his options open ahead of a potentially lucrative summer move, while Eddie Nketiah has informed Arsenal of his desire to leave.
The Frenchman’s current deal expires in the summer of 2022 and sources close to the player have confirmed that he has no plans to extend his stay beyond that period.
Arsenal were open to selling Lacazette in the current transfer window but struggled to offload the 30-year-old due to the considerably high salary he’s on.
Roma and Atletico Madrid were among the clubs linked with Lacazette, although we understands the Gunners did not receive a formal offer from either club.
Recent reports had suggested that Arsenal are considering to make a short-term contract offer to Lacazette, although Arteta has distanced himself from the rumours.
“I don’t know there is so much stuff on his contract,” Arteta told a press conference on Friday.
“What I can say is I’m really happy with what Lacazette is doing. We’re not going to be talking about any of that until the end of the season.”
Lacazette will be able to sign a pre-contract agreement with foreign teams from January 2022.
Meanwhile, Nketiah remains intent on forcing through a move away from Arsenal in the coming months.
Nketiah is also able to sign a pre-contract with a foreign club in January, although a cut-price deal in the New Year also remains an option for the Gunners.
Speaking on the Hale End graduate last month, Arteta said: “We had a situation in the summer that we tried to resolve and we couldn’t either way. That’s the contract situation.
“It’s more and more common in football with where we are coming from with COVID and a lot of the issues that we have to resolve. I have full belief that he’s going to be a top, top player and hopefully at Arsenal.
“I’m so happy to have him in the team. He’s our player and I consider him and regard him really highly. From my side I want him to stay.”
Nketiah has scored 15 goals for Arsenal across 57 first team appearances for the club.