Report: Arsenal in talks to make sensational £72m striker signing


Arsenal look set to make a stunning move for a new striker this summer, following recent reports from Italy and England.

Arsenal have already made three major signings this summer in the shape of Ben White, Nuno Tavares and Albert Sambi Lokonga. But Arsenal fans will be keen to see more come through the door to improve the first team.

Arsenal are looking for improvements across the field and could even sign a new striker. Reports emerging from Italy last night indicated that Arsenal are in talks to sign Inter Milan striker Lautaro Martinez. The report says that Arsenal have been the first club to come forward and try and sign Lautaro, with talks already taking place between Arsenal and Inter. 

Readers could understandably be dubious about tenuous links from Italy, but this morning the reliable David Ornstein of The Athletic added fuel to the talks. 

They say that despite Arsenal having no European football next season, it is thought Lautaro would be interested in a move to Arsenal if Inter want to sell him. Lautaro has just two years remaining on his Inter contract and Arsenal would likely offer him a significant rise on his current salary. 

David’s report goes on to say that sources have indicated that Lautaro would be a simple deal for Arsenal in terms of negotiating with his club. Inter just need an acceptable offer on the table for a deal to be done.

The 23-year-old striker is valued at £72million on transfermarkt and would probably cost around that amount, but it would be viewed as a good investment for the club by many. 

A stumbling block for Arsenal will be if another club comes in for Martinez. But this summer may be the best opportunity to sign someone like him, with potential suitors in Real Madrid and Barcelona cash-strapped. 

Arsenal will also need to try and sell Alexandre Lacazette and Eddie Nketiah in order to create room in the squad for a new striker to arrive. 

Lacazette, with one year remaining on his current deal, is proving difficult to sell given his wages at the club and the fact that a foreign club could sign him on a pre-contract for free in just a few months. 

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