Arsenal and Chelsea are reportedly after Inter Milan youth striker Martin Satriano, just over a year after his arrival in Italy.
The Sunday Mirror report that Arsenal and Chelsea are admirers of young Uruguayan forward Martin Satriano.
Satriano has a deal with his current club until 2024, but the two Premier League sides are hoping to tempt him away early, the same way you might be tempted to check out Ku casino.
Recently described by Goal as “one of the greatest talents in Uruguayan football”, Satriano has made a positive impression since his transfer to Inter Milan in January 2020.
The youngster joined the Italian club from Club Nacional in Uruguay for a fee of only around £2m. He quickly got himself involved in the goals, scoring one and assisting three in four u19 games before lockdown called a halt to his progress.
Satriano has certainly been back in good form again lately, though. The 20-year-old striker has six goals and an assist in six games since the start of February. His brace against AC Milan didn’t do much to harm his reputation.
Inter have also started to integrate him with the senior side, naming on the bench for a few Serie A matches earlier this season.
As things stand, reports suggest Arsenal are open to selling Alexandre Lacazette and Eddie Nketiah this summer. Both players will only have a year left on their contracts at that point.
There’s also a lot of speculation around the future of Folarin Balogun, who was absent from u23 or first-team contention this week. He has a few months on his deal and there’s no public explanation for his current lack of involvement.
The door appears to be open for quite a bit of turnover in the centre-forward department in the upcoming window.
Though Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang is likely to stay after last year’s contract extension, Gabriel Martinelli is the only senior alternative we can reliably expect to stick around.
Arsenal need to prepare for the possibility that Lacazette, Nketiah, and Balogun do all leave, and have targets lined up just in case.
A young talent like Satriano might be the best option. Someone to compete with Martinelli behind Aubameyang, rather than a more experienced player who might block Martinelli’s progress completely.
For the record, there’s no suggestion that Inter actually want to sell. If Chelsea are in the mix too, that’s another potential stumbling block for Arsenal. But you can see why the links make some sense.