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Arsenal facing fierce competition for Argentine Hotshot

It was always going to be a busy, if not intriguing summer transfer window for Arsenal, with Mikel Arteta identifying a drastic overhaul of his squad, assisted by sporting director and former player Edu Gaspar.

Already they have brought in no less than three players, for a combined £78 million; midfielder Albert Sambi Lokonga from Anderlecht for £15 million, left-back Nuno Tavares from Benfica for £13 million and centre back Ben White from Brighton & Hove Albion for £50 million.

Arsenal facing fierce competition for Argentine Hotshot

However, Arteta reportedly has plans to bring in more significant signings which includes an ambitious swoop for Argentine attacker Lautaro Martinez from Serie A champions, Inter Milan.

The striker scored 17 goals and registered 10 assists in 38 league appearances last term, building an effective partnership with Romelu Lukaku as the pair fired Nerazzurri to the Italian league title.

There are, though, at least a couple of stumbling blocks surrounding any potential deal, not least the fact that the Gunners would need to spend nearly the amount that they have already invested so far this summer.

Inter are thought to want £76.8 million (€90 million) for their striker, though this could be an optimistic valuation given the club’s need to balance the books. Another problem could arise in the form of Atletico Madrid’s reported interest in the 23-year-old, with the player’s preference thought to be a move to the Spanish champions, where he would link up with the Argentine coach and compatriot Diego Simeone.

 

Atleti though have already outlayed in excess of £35 million on Argentine playmaker Rodrigo de Paul this summer and it is thought that they would need to sell to raise funds for the player, with midfielder Saul Niguez understood to be attracting interest – his agent having flown to England to meet representatives from Manchester United.

 

A realistic target for Arsenal?

With striker Alexandre Lacazette understood to be surplus to requirements, plus several players thought to have been placed on the transfer list, there is a slim chance that Martinez could be playing at the Emirates Stadium next season, if Inter are negotiable on price.

Interestingly, the Italian side are already thought to have turned down a player exchange, from Arsenal with the Gunners offering both Hector Bellerin and Lacazette for the player.

It seems then, that it would take some sales pitch from both Arteta and Edu, considering Atleti’s interest, with the Spanish club able to offer the player Champions League football plus a realistic chance of retaining the La Liga title, following Barcelona and Real Madrid’s financial difficulties.

There is no doubt that Arsenal need a striker, with Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang now 32 and likely to play more of a bit-part role next term.

It would appear that overall, Martinez turning out in an Arsenal jersey next season, is unrealistic, however, there is no doubt that there will be more signings incoming this summer.

The club is considered a number of players, including Leicester City’s James Maddison, Lyon’s Bruno Guimaraes (both creative midfielders), and sweeper goalkeeper Andre Onana from Ajax just a few.