Sources: Arsenal reignite interest in £80m-rated Lautaro Martinez with star 'very keen' on move
Arsenal have reignited their interest in red-hot Inter Milan striker Lautaro Martinez ahead of the summer window, sources have told Football Insider.
The Premier League leaders have been rocked by the injury to Gabriel Jesus and want to strengthen their attacking options as they look to become a force in European football in the coming seasons.
Arsenal’s interest in Martinez comes as Inter struggle with financial issues behind the scenes – meaning they could be forced to part with the Argentina international.
The striker is viewed as the most saleable asset at the club and sources have told Football Insider that a fee of between £70-80million could be enough to secure his signature.
Arsenal have an active interest in the player and are in contact with the player’s agents.
In turn, it is believed that Martinez would be very keen on a potential move to Arsenal or another English giant despite having more than three years left to run on his Nerazzurri contract.
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Arsenal are long-term admirers of the former Racing Club hitman and tried to bring him to the club in 2021.
Regular starter Martinez has notched 15 goals and seven assists in 30 club appearances this season – including a run of five strikes in his last five Serie A games.
He failed to make his mark for winners Argentina in 238 minutes of action at last year’s World Cup but has recently revealed that he was playing through injury at the tournament.
Since moving to Inter in 2018, Martinez has scored 89 goals in 211 games and was crucial to their Scudetto win under Antonio Conte in the 2020-21 season.
Arsenal star Jesus is yet to feature in 2023 after picking up an injury with Brazil at the World Cup.
Back-up Eddie Nketiah has done a fine job as his deputy but failed to score as Mikel Arteta’s side picked up one point in their last two league games.
Man City are now just three points adrift of the Gunners – who look good value for a first Champions League qualification since the 2016-17 season.
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