Arsenal have been given encouragement a deal can be agreed for Lautaro Martinez as Serie A Champions would rather sell the Argentina striker than Romelu Lukaku, according to Pete O’Rourke.
The Gunners have already splashed out over £70m on left-back Nuno Tavares, centre-back Ben White and midfielder Albert Sambi Lokonga but boss Mikel Arteta still in market for a new frontman alongside playmaker and goalkeeper.
Lautaro Martinez, who establish himself as one of best forward in Europe, become an emerged target with The Telegraph reporting last week that Arsenal are eyeing a move to sign the South American hitman from Serie A champions this summer.
However, O’Rourke has now provided an update on The Football Terrace show and the Sky Sports reporter claims Arsenal have made official enquiries to Inter and are hopeful a deal can be agreed to sign the 23-year-old before the end of the summer transfer window.
According to O’Rourke, the Gunners have offered Hector Bellerin and Alexandre Lacazette as makeweights in a possible player plus cash exchange but Inter Milan value Martinez at around £65million and want a straight cash deal.
Arsenal would need to offload Lacazette and other unwanted squad players to raise the required funds but O’Rourke says the North Londoners have been given fresh hope that a deal can be agreed as Inter would rather sell Martinez than team-mate Lukaku.
The Series A Champions giants are in financial turmoil so need to cash-in on one of their star strikers this summer and O’Rourke says Inter chiefs would ‘much rather’ sell Martinez than Lukaku – who’s being strongly linked with Chelsea.
With Inter keen to keep hold of Lukaku but desperately needing an influx of cash, it opens the door for Arsenal to strike a deal for Martinez and O’Rourke says the striker is keen on a move to the north London club.
The Gunners need to raise money quickly to fund their move for Martinez so Mikel Arteta will be desperate to find buyers for the likes of Lacazette, Joe Willock, Eddie Nketiah, and Bellerin quickly before rival clubs join the chase to sign the Argentinean international.
Martinez, 23, netted 40 goals with additional of 19 assists in the last two seasons to help the Nerazzurri win the Serie A title and he’s exactly the type of top class player Arsenal need if they’re to get back challenging for the top four again.