Italian outlet Gazzetta dello Sport claimed earlier this month that Inter Milan turned down the opportunity to sign Arsenal star Alexandre Lacazette as a part of the deal that would see Lautaro Martinez move the other way.
L’Interista backed that claim on Tuesday, revealing that Arsenal have offered Lacazette to Inter, but the Italian champions have no interest in signing him this summer.
It was always unlikely that Inter would consider a Lacazette-Martinez swap deal, but the new report claims that the Serie A champions aren’t keen on Laca in an independent transfer either.
Inter Milan reject Lacazette, want Arsenal-linked Correa instead
Il Messaggero claimed back in June that the Gunners had even tabled a £17 million bid for Correa. Italian reports made it seem like Mikel Arteta was really keen on him, but those rumours have cooled now.
Correa, according to the report, is now wanted by Inter this summer. The Argentine has made it clear that he wants to leave Lazio, and where better to go than to the home of the league champions who are now managed by his former boss Simone Inzaghi.
Bad news for Arsenal?
Inter signing Correa doesn’t really bother Arsenal fans as the Argentine would’ve struggled to fit in our system anyway. (Read here) However, the big concern here is the future of Lacazette, who has less than a year left on his contract.
The Frenchman is still a fantastic player and his performances in pre-season have been really good. However, if Arsenal want to make any money off him, now’s the time to move him on and replace him with someone younger.
Laca staying is not a terrible option either. However, rumours have made us believe that Arsenal will only sign a new striker if the Frenchman leaves. That could become a problem now, especially as the 30-year-old isn’t attracting any real interest.