Agent claims Arsenal star Alexandre Lacazette was ‘offered’ to Zenit during the summer and says why they ‘turned it down’


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Agent Dmitry Cheltsov has claimed he offered Arsenal star Alexandre Lacazette to Russian club Zenit last summer.

The Frenchman was signed by the Gunners from Lyon for a then club-record fee of £46.5million in 2017.

Lacazette is currently sidelined with an ankle injury

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Lacazette is currently sidelined with an ankle injury

Lacazette is in his third season at Arsenal and the Gunners are not thought to be interested in selling.

Nonetheless, Cheltsov claims he put forward the signing of the forward to the Russian Premier League side, but they ended up landing Malcom for £36m from Barcelona instead.

He also claims the 28-year-old has a £61m release clause in his contract with the north London club, although this is not believed to be the case.

“I offered Alexandre Lacazette to Zenit,” Cheltsov told Sport Business Gazeta.

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“Their sporting director Javier Ribalta said to me: ‘Are you crazy?’ His release clause is €68m [£61m].

“I told him you can negotiate with Arsenal.

“I am sure they will be ready to accept something between €50m and €55m [£45m – £49.5m].

“His salary would be €7-8m [£6.3m – £7.2m] after tax.”

Meanwhile, Arsenal’s Head of Football Raul Sanllehi has revealed that Unai Emery is expected to secure a top-four finish – and thus deliver a return to the Champions League – this season.

The Gunners have failed to qualify for Europe’s most prestigious competition for three years running, having finished fifth, sixth and fifth respectively.


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