Arsenal target Lautaro Martinez ‘wants to switch to Emirates for two reasons’ in huge Gunners transfer boost
Arsenal target Lautaro Martinez wants to join the Gunners because he believes the club can help him ‘grow’ and meet his desire to play in the Premier League, it has been claimed.
The Argentina international is a top Mikel Arteta transfer target. And a blockbuster move to the Emirates could be on the cards.
Arsenal want to sign a new striker this summer, with the Gunners poised to drop Alexandre Lacazette at the end of the campaign.
And, though they’ve been linked with Tammy Abraham, Inter Milan’s Martinez seems to be a priority target.
The Argentina international enjoyed a fine campaign last time out, winning both Serie A and the Copa America for club and country.
And, now, Eurosport’s Dean Jones has alleged Martinez wants to join Arsenal because they can offer him Premier League football – as well as a platform to grow.
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“Now Lautaro,” Jones said on The Football Terrace podcast. “Now I had reservations about this from the start because I thought, like most people, why would Lautaro Martinez having just won Serie A and being one of the best young strikers in the world go and join Arsenal?
“So I’ve asked that question. And basically he wants to come to the Premier League, first of all, and he sees Arsenal – if that’s the club – to be a place where he can grow.
“And if he can do well for Arsenal, who knows where that’ll lead to him next?
“At the moment, the reason Arsenal are in pole position for him is because they basically have a free run at him.
“There hasn’t been any contact from other clubs for Lautaro Martinez.
“Personally I think Lautaro Martinez should be playing at Man City or somewhere, he’s so good. But those clubs aren’t in for him at the moment.”
Arsenal are determined to have a significantly better Premier League campaign next time out.
And Martinez, if he signs, will serve one of the most exciting signings in the club’s whole history.
Arsenal have been associated with a midfielder, too, with James Maddison one of the players on their radar.
But negotiations with Leicester City have been slow so far, notwithstanding the England international reportedly favoring a move to Emirates Stadium.
Another London club is in the frame to sign Maddison, too, which further compounds matters.
Speaking recently, Pete O’Rourke alleged that Arsenal were hoping Hector Bellerin could be the key when it comes to bringing Martinez to the capital.
“There’s serious interest from Arsenal in the Inter Milan striker Lautaro Martinez,” O’Rourke said.
“He’s off the back of a successful season with Inter, helping them win Serie A, then he’s gone to the Copa America playing alongside Lionel Messi and scoring goals to help Argentina win that tournament.
“So, very talented striker. We’ve seen him linked with Chelsea and Manchester City in the past but Arsenal have now come to the fore, they seem to be really pushing for this deal to see if there’s any way it can happen.
“His price tag is pretty steep, you’re probably talking about £70million Inter would want to sell the South American.
“That hasn’t deterred Arsenal so far, they’re trying to think of really inventive ways so they can come to an agreement with Inter Milan.
“They think the ace up their sleeve to help do this deal could be Hector Bellerin, who is seemingly surplus to requirements.
“The player is keen to move on after a long time in north London and Mikel Arteta is willing to let him move on as he feels he has enough options at right-back.”
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Arsenal target Lautaro Martinez ‘wants to switch to Emirates for two reasons’ in huge Gunners transfer boost.