The rebuild at Arsenal continues this summer, with numerous players in a variety of positions linked with a move to the Emirates Stadium.
A new striker is reportedly on Mikel Arteta’s wish list and the Spaniard is said to have identified Lautaro Martinez as the man he believes can fire the Gunners to glory.
The 23-year-old is one the best young strikers in the world and Arsenal would be the envy of everyone if they signed the Argentine ace.
But is a deal for Martinez actually possible?
With that being said, football.london has rounded up the very latest on Martinez and his speculated transfer from Milan to north London.
Has an offer been made?
So far – no.
While Martinez is the exact striker Arteta is looking for (he presses the defence and links well with fellow forwards and wing-backs), Arsenal are yet to formally approach Inter Milan.
According to The Athletic, the club have long admired the striker but at the moment are merely exploring the idea of signing him.
Previously, Inter were holding out for well over £100million for their star man, who has been crucial to their recent success.
This would have priced the Gunners out of move, but due to recent financial difficulties in Italy, it is understood that Milan would now be forced to accept a bid of around £70m.
The Gunners have already spent £75m this summer on Ben White, Albert Sambi Lokonga and Nuno Tavares.
Technical Director Edu is also working on big-money moves for James Maddison and Aaron Ramsdale. With that in mind, a £70m bid seems unlikely at this stage, unless several players were axed to raise funds.
Hector Bellerin is on Inter’s radar following the departure of Achraf Hakimi, so he could be used in a swap deal.
And any move for a new striker would surely signal the end for current No.9 Alexandre Lacazette, who is in the last year of his contract and Arsenal may look to cash in on the Frenchman before it’s too late.
A week ago, the reigning Serie A champions would have been less reluctant to sell Martinez.
But following Hakimi’s £54m move to PSG and Romelu Lukaku’s £97m return to Chelsea edging closer, their financial worries have significantly lessened.
Furthermore, the Nerazzurri don’t want to lose both of their world-class strikers with the new season just days away.
There are conflicting reports surrounding the Argentine’s desire to leave Inter.
A move to the Premier League would mean a significant increase in wages, although Martinez still wants to play in the Champions League.
While Arsenal would certainly be willing to offer the former, this season will be the first in 26 years where they will not be taking part in any European competition, and they are not favoured to reach the UCL qualification spots either.
Who else are Arsenal targeting?
Given the difficulty of signing Martinez at this time, Arteta may be forced to look elsewhere for his new centre-forward.
The name most heavily linked to the Emirates is Tammy Abraham, who Chelsea are reportedly willing to sell for £40m.
The England international is keen on leaving Stamford Bridge for regular game time and is a proven goalscorer at the top level.
Source by Football London