15th May 2019,
Updated: 15th May 2019,
A profile of Arsenal forward Alexandre Lacazette has been discovered on Barcelona’s official club website amid rumours the France forward will be joining the LaLiga side this summer.
Lacazette, who’s scored 19 goals this season, is understood to be a target for the Catalans ahead of the summer transfer window, with reports in France claiming contacts have been made between Barca and the striker’s representatives already.
And there was hysteria on social media when pictures of Lacazette’s player profile – on the Barcelona website – went viral on social media.
This appeared to be confirmation Lacazette will be signing for the Camp Nou outfit over the coming months, as why else would Barcelona have a stats page for the France international on their website?
Well, the answer is actually quite simple – and makes for brilliant reading for Arsenal fans.
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There are thousands of players in Barca’s database, many of whom have never played for the club, and they can all be accessed through the player profile page if you change the URL to their identifying number.
Lacazette’s page was found as ID number 6899, while the very first entry is former Gunners goalkeeper David Seaman.
Other people in the database include Frank Lampard, the Chelsea legend, as well as Bournemouth manager Eddie Howe.
The IDs are clearly those of the API Barcelona use for player data, which appears to be the same API used by the Premier League’s official website. This is why Lionel Messi’s page on fcbarcelona.com can be found at ID 4974, with the same number also accessing his profile on premierleague.com, despite the Argentine never playing in England’s top flight.
So there is no need to be worried, Arsenal fans.
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Lacazette having a profile page on Barcelona’s website does NOT mean he is set to sign for the LaLiga champions, though, if reports are to be believed, they will spend the rest of the summer trying to capture the 27-year-old goal getter.