Arsenal are looking into the possibility of bringing Lautaro Martinez to the Emirates Stadium this summer but a deal could hinge on one exit, according to reports.
The Argentina international scored 17 goals and provided six assists as Inter Milan won the Serie A last season under Antonio Conte.
Martinez, 23, has been linked with Liverpool and Barcelona in the past but has now emerged as a target of the Gunners.
Mikel Arteta is looking for a top-class striker to compliment his current squad and Martinez fits the bill, with Arsenal reportedly offering Hector Bellerin in a part-exchange deal for the former Racing Club star.
The Italian club are looking to bring in a right-back after they sold Achraf Hakimi to Paris Saint-Germain for £54m this summer and they would like to sign Bellerin.
And now The Athletic back up reports that Arsenal are interested in a deal for Martinez this summer with the Gunners ‘exploring the opportunity to sign’ him.
It is understood that Arsenal have ‘long held Lautaro in high regard’ and they have now ‘enquired about’ his availability with the two clubs ‘in contact about a prospective deal for’ Bellerin.
The Athletic adds:
‘It is thought Lautaro would be interested in a move to Arsenal if Inter want to sell him. Sources state Tottenham have also been mentioned in relation to Lautaro but only as a contingency option if Harry Kane leaves.
‘An Arsenal move for Lautaro may be reliant on the departure of Alexandre Lacazette. It is believed his name has been mentioned to Inter but they are thought to only want cash.
‘An exit from Inter would level up Lautaro’s salary. He is believed to earn around €2.5 million per annum net in wages while Romelu Lukaku, Christian Eriksen and Alexis Sanchez all make more than double that. As a Scudetto and Copa America winner, his salary was up for review, particularly with Barcelona expressing firm interest 18 months ago.’
Lacazette is out of contract at the end of next season with his deal at the Emirates Stadium expiring in June 2022 and there have been reports claiming that Arsenal would accept bids of around £15m for him.