Pete O’Rourke delivered a positive update on Arsenal’s attempts to sign Lautaro Martinez on the latest episode of The Football Terrace’s The Done Deal Show.
The Gunners are seemingly willing to back Mikel Arteta in the transfer market this summer as they have already brought in Ben White, Albert Sambi Lokonga and Nuno Tavares for a combined total of £75.6 million (as per Transfermarkt) and they are now being linked with a move for Martinez.
Should Arsenal sign Martinez?
Despite winning the Serie A title last season, Inter are potentially going to experience an exodus, with both Martinez and Romelu Lukaku linked with moves away to the Premier League, having scored 41 league goals between them last season.
Martinez has been linked with a move to the Emirates Stadium, and O’Rourke spoke about the Gunners’ chances of landing the striker.
“I think the owners do want to sell at least one of their star assets to bring some much-needed funds in, and they would ideally prefer to sell Lautaro Martinez rather than Lukaku.
“So that’s given Arsenal hope that a deal can be done here, despite reports saying that Martinez would only move to Spain – that’s not true, I’ve heard he would definitely be up for the Premier League, not necessarily just Arsenal, but anybody who may be showing an interest in him.”
TIF Thoughts on Arsenal’s pursuit of Martinez…
It would make sense that Arsenal would have to offload a striker before bringing in Martinez, as they already have Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, Alexandre Lacazette and Eddie Nketiah who will all be wanting game time next season.
Martinez will reportedly cost Arsenal €90m (£76.5 million), which would be the most expensive transfer in the club’s history, but it may well be worth it if they can persuade a title-winning striker to join a club with no European football on offer for at least this upcoming season.