European football expert Andy Brassell spoke on TalkSport about the rumours surrounding Inter Milan star Lautaro Martinez and Arsenal.
The Telegraph revealed last week that Arsenal had enquired about the Argentine, who is one of Inter’s best players. The Athletic backed that report and claimed that the Gunners really believe that a deal is there to be done.
This still feels like a stretch to Arsenal fans, but we’ve been in this position in the past. Lack of European football makes this window our hardest ever, but if Brassell is to be believed, there’s a good chance that we can get this deal over the line in the coming weeks.
What agents of Lautaro Martinez have told Arsenal
Brassell confirmed that Arsenal have indeed enquired about Martinez, and he claims that the Gunners were surprised to hear the striker’s agents say that he could be open to a move to the Emirates this summer.
He said: “Lautaro is a player who is quick, aggressive, direct, can score, but can also link with other players very well. He’s a very intelligent striker. He was hoping for a move to Barcelona. We know, for financial reasons, that has been off the table for quite a long time. That’s not possible.
“When Arsenal asked the question, from what I gather, they were pleasantly surprised to hear Lautaro’s intermediaries saying ‘we could be interested’.”
Big boost for Arsenal?
Martinez potentially being open to a move to Arsenal is a shock to some, but when you consider the financial side of things, it’s really no surprise at all.
The Argentine currently earns £81,000-a-week at the San Siro. (Salary Sport) That’s less than what Sead Kolasinac and Pablo Mari earn at Arsenal, and slightly more than Cedric and Lucas Torreira. (Spotrac)
Arsenal could easily double Martinez’s salary, if not triple it. That makes a move to the Emirates a great opportunity for the striker, and he would fit in really well considering his age, profile and quality.
It’s still hard to believe that Arsenal can get a player of Martinez’s stature without Champions League football, but we have shown with Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and Thomas Partey that we are capable of getting difficult deals over the line, and hopefully, we can get this one done as well.