It’s unusual to see players being swapped directly between clubs, but it might start to make more sense as financial fair play limits what organisations can spend.
We often hear that a particular transfer is dependent on another club finding a buyer to free up salaries or a transfer fee so that a swap could cut through a lot of those issues.
Obviously, both clubs would require to be interested in a player and they would need to have similar values, but that does appear to be the case between Atletico Madrid and Arsenal here.
It’s no secret that Atleti are big fans of Alexandre Lacazette, Sky Sports even reported back in 2017 that he had agreed on a move to Spain when he was at Lyon, but a transfer embargo got in the way, and he went to Arsenal instead.
Marca have reported that Atletico Madrid are prepared to offer Thomas Lemar in exchange for the Arsenal striker because they are struggling to close a deal for Edinson Cavani.
The Metro reported last week that the Gunners and Spurs were interested in making a move for Thomas Lemar, so it seems that there is mutual interest from both sides for both players.
The Marca story does still suggest that Atleti still hope to sign Cavani, so this is their second choice right, but it could make sense.
Arsenal may want to know that Pierre Emerick Aubameyang is committed for the long term if they let their other central striker go, but this could be something to keep an eye on as the window grows.