Arsenal entered the race with Manchester United Inter striker Lautar Martinez is reportedly signed.
The Gunners are on the market for at least one new striker this summer after leaving Pierre Emerick Abameyang in January, while they also face the prospect of losing both Alexander Lacazette and Eddie Nketia when their contracts expire at the end of the season.
Arsenal have already held extensive talks on signing Gabriel Jesus of Manchester City, demanding £ 40 million for a Brazilian.
But according to The TimesArsenal have now rekindled their interest in Martinez after failing to sign the Argentine international last summer.
The report claims that Arsenal failed to fulfill Inter’s estimate of £ 60 million last year, while United are also involved and have already offered Serie A club Anthony Marseille in exchange for Martinez.
However, the 24-year-old is only looking to join a club that will play in the Champions League next season, which will give Arsenal a big advantage if it stays fourth, ahead of Tottenham in the Premier League.
Meanwhile, Tottenham were also ready to sign Martinez for £ 60 million last year, but Inter withdrew from the deal after deciding to sell Ramela Lukaku to Chelsea.
Martinez has been in great form since joining Inter from the Argentine Racing Club in 2018, scoring 70 goals in 177 games for the Italian club.
Last season, the Argentine national team played a key role in helping the club win Serie A under Antonio Conte, and remains a major figure in their quest to retain the championship title this season.
In October, Martinez signed a contract with Inter, which keeps him tied to the club until 2026, but the Italian side will be ready to sell this summer if their asking price of 60 million pounds is met.
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Arsenal enter the race to sign Lautar Martinez after Manchester United offer an exchange deal
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