Arsenal have enquired for Inter Milan’s Lautaro Martinez and a move seems surprisingly realistic in the current window.
Di Marzio reported on Friday that a summer exit for Lautaro Martinez from Inter Milan couldn’t be ruled out, with the club open to significant offers, difficulties renewing his contract, and Arsenal having made enquiries.
David Ornstein then confirmed on Saturday that Arsenal had enquired about Martinez whilst speaking to Inter about Hector Bellerin.
Martinez is for sale and Arsenal are believed to have mentioned Alexandre Lacazette as part of a potential deal as well. But Inter need money and a sale would be in part to ensure they could keep Romelu Lukaku around – so they’re keener on cash.
Further reporting in The Athletic suggests it’s believed Martinez would be interested in a move to Arsenal if Inter want to sell. He would certainly earn more in North London and the article hints he’s available at a reasonable price point.
Freddie Paxton adds that Martinez – who shares an agent with Achraf Hakimi – clearly has a good dialogue with Arsenal, which could also certainly help a deal.
The Telegraph were the first to report that Arsenal had made an enquiry with Inter for Martinez earlier this week. That much now seems beyond much doubt.
Martinez is a centre-forward, but he was very much a left-side leaning forward this season. That could see him finding a role in the current Arsenal team, which often uses makeshift options on the left and also has a lot of uncertainty at centre-forward.
The 23-year-old Argentine international scored 19 goals and assisted a further seven last season, before heading off to win Copa America whilst scoring in three of Argentina’s final four games of the tournament.