According to recent reports, Arsenal are potentially interested in signing Racing Club striker, Lautaro Martinez.
The highly-rated forward, 19, has reportedly caught the eye of Arsenal scouts and they’ve supposedly spoken to his representatives in order to discuss a possible deal for the Argentine. Possible. Supposedly. You get the gist.
So, is he any good?
Having featured on eleven occasions in this season’s Primera División over in south America, Martinez has scored one league goal and earned a Man of the Match award too. Unspectacular when you look at goalscoring statistics across Europe’s top leagues but the teenager has, crucially, shown signs of promise as an attacker and is eager to learn and improve.
A handful of bit-part appearances have meant he hasn’t been given much of an opportunity to showcase his talent in the way that he would’ve liked. Even still, it’s important to remember that Racing Club themselves are a side in poor form at the moment – they’ve lost all three of their most recent league fixtures.
They return to domestic action after an extended winter break and the highly-rated forward will be hoping for an excellent start to 2017 with plenty of suitors keen to follow his progress.
La Liga sides Real Madrid and Valencia were interested in his signature last summer according to the player himself, but an €8m release clause was deemed to be too expensive.
Martinez is versatile in the sense that he can play in the number ten role as well as further afield as a lone striker, both positions he can perform convincingly in.
He’s a nuisance to defend against and is regularly fouled by opposition players but his playing style isn’t limited as a result: tireless out of possession, equally effective with the ball at his feet, he has the ability to produce moments of individual brilliance and it’s clear to see that he’s just enjoying his football too.