La Liga champions Atletico Madrid are “most likely” to sign Arsenal target Lautaro Martinez this summer from Inter Milan, according to reports.

Martinez joined Inter Milan in 2018 from Argentinian outfit Racing Club for around €23m.

The 23-year-old has been an ever-present for the Italian giants over the past three seasons.


Ranking 10 most expensive Arsenal transfers ever


The attacker has 49 goals and 20 assists from his 132 outings for Milan across all competitions.

He enjoyed his best season to date in 2020/21 as he helped his side win the Serie A title. He netted 17 goals and provided six assists from his 38 appearances.

Martinez has also shone for Argentina since making his senior debut in 2018. He has 14 goals for his country from his 29 caps. He was part of the squad that won Copa America this summer.

Arsenal have shown interest in the forward of late. He is rated at around £75m by Inter Milan. 

Mundo Deportivo and Argentina’s TNT Sports (as cited by Football Italia) have reported that Atletico Madrid are a “more likely destination” for Martinez than Arsenal.

The report adds that Real Madrid are also “candidates” for him, but Atletico Madrid boss Diego Simeone is an “admirer” of Martinez.

Elsewhere, Nigel Winterburn has suggested that Chelsea striker Tammy Abraham is a good option for Arsenal this summer.

The forward came through the academy at Stamford Bridge but he is expected to leave the club this summer. The Blues reportedly rate him at around £40m.

Winterburn believes that Abraham would “fit the bill” at Arsenal:

“He certainly would fit the bill of recent Arsenal signings, young with a point to prove.

“People will question his consistency but what you want is for these young players to get a run in the team.

“Is he going to get a run in a team if Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang is playing well? Probably not unless Aubameyang can be switched to the left-hand side – although you then need to leave out either Nicolas Pepe or Bukayo Saka.

“With Abraham, there’s potential there and development for a young, young player. So, I think it’s an option [for] Arsenal, although with Alexandre Lacazette being linked with a move away, it could be just a name that has been thrown into a hat.”





Source link