Arsenal transfer latest: Lautaro Martinez agent drops transfer hint; names credentials for next club
The agent of Lautaro Martinez, Alejandro Camano, has commented on the Inter Milan forward’s future, hinting that the Arsenal, Manchester United and Tottenham-linked striker could be at a new club next season.
The Argentine attacker has had another impressive campaign, scoring 21 goals in 45 appearances in all competitions. That form has led to more speculation over a potential switch to the Premier League this summer.
Martinez also notched 19 times and added 11 assists in a deadly partnership with Romelu Lukaku as Inter won Serie A last season.
The duo were both tipped to leave Inter last summer, but while Lukaku did move on Martinex opted to remain.
However, The Times now reports that the Arsenal and United are both keen on a deal, while Spurs have also shown interest in the player in the past.
Atletico Madrid are also known admirers of the player and his agent has given an update on Martinez‘s situation.
He said, via Mundo Deportivo: “Today the only thing we want is to be champion at Inter, and then God will say. He’s comfortable, he’s fine. But we don’t get involved in what the clubs want to do. We know what Lautaro wants to do, which is to become champion with Inter and have a good World Cup. That’s the only thing Lauti has in mind, God will tell the rest”.
Martinez future up in the air
Regarding the striker’s future, Camano added: “Lauti is going to give us a lot of joy in the coming years, wherever he goes he is going to be an entertainer. He will succeed wherever he is, surely he will do well.
“Hopefully he plays in a great team and can compete in competitions like the Champions League.”
The comments appear to suggest Martinez could remain at the Sani Siro. Indeed, Inter have already booked a Champions League place for next season.
However, an exit cannot be ruled out if the player gets a better offer from elsewhere.
Arsenal and United are both expected to sign a new frontman this summer. However, that is not really a priority for Tottenham.
The Gunners look set to lose Alexandre Lacazette and Eddie Nketiah on free transfers this summer. As for United, Edinson Cavani and Anthony Martial are expected to move and there remains doubt over whether incoming boss Erik ten Hag wants to keep Cristiano Ronaldo for the second year of his contract.
Martinez more suited to Arsenal
The Argentina international is an out-and-out finisher who likes to run in behind. He can also operate as a No.10 though.
That form factor appears more suited to Arsenal’s needs than United’s, especially if Ronaldo remains at Old Trafford.
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Martinez would almost certainly play centrally for Mikel Arteta and be flanked by Bukayo Saka, Gabriel Martinelli or Emile Smith Rowe. That would give the Gunners a dynamic attacking threat, with guaranteed goals from a No.9.
As for United, it’s harder to see where Martinez fits in, given that Ronaldo is pretty much undroppable.
He could feature as a No.10, but that is the role where Bruno Fernandes is at his best. United are also well covered in the wider attacking roles, with Jadon Sancho, Marcus Rashford, Anthony Elanga and Mason Greenwood all options for Ten Hag when he eventually arrives.
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