Serie A champions, Juventus have begun their push to secure services of Alexandre Lacazette from Arsenal by holding talks with the player’s agent.
The France international has joined the Norht London club from Lyon three years ago in what was then a team record £52m deal.
Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang has arrived six months later, however, from Dortmund and although the pair have formed a strong partnership, both on and off the pitch.
The 29-year-old’s form dipped markedly this campaign and he went over a year without founding a net in a Premier League away match from home before ending that particular drought in the recent victory over Wolves.
Juventus are expected to shake up their squad ahead of the next season and Lacazette has been on their radar.
An ageing forward line that includes the likes of Cristiano Ronaldo and Gonzalo Higuain will need strengthening, despite the stunning form of Paulo Dybala, and Lacazette has been one of the top target ahead of the next campaign.
Lacazette’s recent form for the Gunners have improved – he has managed to found back of the net three times in his last four games– and Mikel Arteta showered him with significant praise.
He said: ‘I really like Alex, I said that before I even joined here. He’s the type of striker that I really like. I think he has periods where he was very unlucky because he was having the chances and not converting which he is not used to.”