Inter Milan striker Lautaro Martinez is tempted to “make a change in his career” with Arsenal still “keen” on his services, according to transfer insider Dean Jones.
Mikel Arteta is in desperate need of two strikers this summer with both Alexandre Lacazette and Eddie Nketiah out of contract and his team have been linked with the £63m-rated Argentina international.
What’s the latest news involving Martinez?
Arsenal might be just one victory away from returning to the Champions League following a five season absence, but Arteta could start pre-season with no senior strikers in his squad.
Despite Nketiah ending the campaign in excellent goalscoring form, the England Under-21 ace is still expected to leave this summer, as is Lacazette, who’s scored just four Premier League goals all season.
The report says that Arteta wants to sign two strikers in the summer window, with Gabriel Jesus and Dominic Calvert-Lewin also on the Spaniard’s wish-list.
Arsenal face stiff competition from Tottenham, who did match Inter’s asking-price last season even though he signed a new deal at San Siro, but he would cost the fourth-place Gunners around £60-70 million.
However, Martinez wants to sign for a club playing in the Champions League, which would give the red half of north London the advantage providing they secure a top four place.
What did Jones say about Martinez?
He told GIVEMESPORT: “Lautaro remains interested in the idea of a move to the Premier League, but he is not going to rush this decision.
“He knows Arsenal are still keen and from what I’m told there is a part of him that is very tempted to make a change in his career.”
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How has Martinez performed this season?
Inter’s poor February form might cost them consecutive Serie A titles, but it’s been another outstanding campaign on a personal level for the forward.
Heading into Inter’s final two fixtures, Martinez has already beaten his best goal return in a single season having scored an impressive 23 goals in 45 appearances to take his overall tally for the Italian giants to 72.
As a result, only Dusan Vlahovic (23) and Ciro Immobile (27) have scored more in the Italian top-flight this season, while Martinez has outscored the likes of Cristiano Ronaldo, Harry Kane, and Luis Suarez.