Reports from CBS Sports suggest that Arsenal has set its sights on securing Inter Milan’s forward, Lautaro Martínez, in the upcoming transfer window.
Martínez, a key figure for the Nerazzurri since joining in 2018, has been instrumental in their Serie A victories and domestic cup successes over recent seasons.
The 26-year-old Argentine has been in exceptional form this campaign, netting 15 goals and providing two assists in 16 league appearances, aiding Inter’s current charge for the title as they lead the Serie A table with 44 points from 17 games.
Arsenal’s interest in acquiring a player of Martínez’s caliber is unsurprising. While they had previously shown interest in him, they refrained from making a definitive move. However, after struggling against West Ham United’s defense recently, the Gunners could intensify their pursuit of a new striker in January.
CBS Sports’ report indicates Arsenal’s revived interest in Martínez, suggesting a potential concrete approach in the upcoming transfer window. Nonetheless, uncertainties linger regarding the Argentine’s willingness to depart Inter midway through the season.
Aside from Lautaro Martínez, Arsenal are reportedly eyeing Victor Osimhen and Victor Boniface, but Ivan Toney stands out as their primary target. Martínez, valued at approximately £96 million, remains contracted with Inter for over two and a half years, indicating a substantial fee required for his departure.
While Martínez’s prowess in Serie A is evident, doubts arise about his adaptability to the physical demands of the Premier League. Consequently, Arsenal might consider alternative options to fortify their frontline.
In the meantime, Mikel Arteta has hinted that Arsenal might spend in the January transfer window to strengthen their squad’s quality depth. The team have struggled with multiple setbacks owing to injuries sidelining key players leaving them vulnerable ahead of crucial matches.
Arteta, acknowledging the uncertainty surrounding the return dates of the injured players and the demanding festive fixture schedule, suggested potential moves in the upcoming transfer window. He underscored the team’s exposed positions over the past six weeks and expressed optimism for the sidelined players’ return.
The manager revealed, “We have specific targets and ideas if situations arise. We’re unsure how the squad will shape up in a fortnight, so we need to stay prepared.”
Arteta shed light on the complexities of the transfer market, labeling it as “very tricky” and “quite unpredictable.” He affirmed the club’s willingness to act if needed, stating, “Should there be an opportunity to enhance the squad and our current players cannot fulfill that need, we’re open to making necessary changes to strengthen the team.”