Gunners target ‘£59m’ striker Lautaro

Inter Milan star reportedly ‘at top of Arsenal’s wishlist’

Thursday, 31st March — By Steve Barnett

Arsenal

ARSENAL are busy streamlining their search for a striker with rumours this week suggesting that Inter Milan’s Lautaro Martinez is at the top of their summer wishlist.

Qualifying for next season’s Champions League could, however, prove vital in completing any deal – especially with Martinez reportedly sporting a €70million (£59m) price tag.

The Gunners are desperate to reinforce their attacking options. As it stands, Alexandre Lacazette and Eddie Nketiah are the only recognised out-and-out forwards at the club, and both are expected to exit the Emirates at the end of the season.

Martinez, who is under contract at Inter until 2026, will be highly sought after should he decide to leave the San Siro, having scored 65 goals in 171 games since moving to Serie A.

With the Gunners targeting more than one striker, Everton’s Dominic Calvert-Lewin, Lille’s Jonathan David, Real Sociedad’s Alexander Isak and Napoli’s Victor Osimhen are also all believed to be on Arsenal’s shortlist.

Meanwhile, Mikel Arteta did a good job of selling his ongoing project to any potential new suitors as he assessed his biggest achievements since taking over at Arsenal in 2019.

The Spaniard, who turned 40 on Saturday, told the club’s official website: “Well, when I went into management I had a clear vision of what I wanted to accomplish with Arsenal. I wanted to build a winning team that was also financially sustainable and that could transmit the values, the identity and the passion that the club has had over the years.

“To do that we had to make some important decisions and get the club moving in the right direction. There have been some very difficult decisions to make. First of all you need to come up with a plan. You have to have a lot of support from within the club to do it, and then the decisions need to be right.

“Until now I think one of the biggest successes has been to create – as a club – a culture and an atmosphere where our players, staff and everyone can feel that this is a place where they can fulfil their potential.

“It is a place where they can grow, they can participate and everyone can add value to the club.

“When you get that, you create a real sense of belonging and that’s something more powerful than just personal interest. I think that’s been one of our biggest wins so far.”

The latest chapter in Arteta’s Arsenal vision comes on Monday night when the Gunners take on Crystal Palace at Selhurst Park looking to cement their place in the Premier League top four.

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