Arsenal had shown interest in Lautaro Martinez in the summer of 2021 as the search for a striker continued. The Gunners were unable to bring in the Argentine or any alternative for that matter with all the current crop of forwards staying in north London.
The Italian side have now gone one step further and confirmed that the striker will be with them for the long-term after the 24-year-old signed a contract at the San Siro keeping him there until 2026 at the latest.
The Moroccan striker has been on the rise since leaving Leganes for La Liga title challengers Sevilla. In fact, those not clued in with the intricacies of Spanish football may be surprised to see the Seville-based club described as such.
Youssef En-Nesyri has been a huge part of famous recruiter Monchi’s work to enable Sevilla to challenge alongside the nation’s biggest clubs and stay in the race for the top prize until the last couple weeks of the previous season.
24 goals last season with 18 in the league have elevated the 24-year-old to one of the prized forwards on the market and would make a solid acquisition for Arsenal.
Everton frontman Dominic Calvert-Lewin could be tempted by a move away from Goodison Park should the Toffees again fail to qualify for Europe.
The England international is now reaching his mid-twenties will need to take the next step in his career to avoid following the same trophyless path of international teammate Harry Kane.
For Arsenal, Calvert-Lewin would represent a continuation of the club’s desire to integrate more homegrown talent into the side after the acquisitions of Aaron Ramsdale and Ben White. Most of all however is the 24-year-old’s ability to score, something Arsenal would not turn down.
The Swede signed a new deal with the club after the European Championships increasing his 60-million-euro buyout up to 90-million euros. This is likely to put off most clubs but if Arsenal want to spend big on a forward, Alexander Isak is one of Europe’s most exciting.
17 La Liga goals last season at the age of 21 is a brilliant return and has certainly caught the eye of plenty of the continent’s elite.
Isak’s tall frame makes him a threat in the air but the youngster still has great pace and technical ability with the ball at his feet. Should Arsenal want a player with a variety of characteristics then the 22-year-old would be a good but expensive option.
A fellow England international to Calvert-Lewin, Ollie Watkins would be another homegrown addition to the Arsenal but could be a less expensive option.
Watkins has transitioned seamlessly to the Premier League and taken the step up in his stride. It, therefore, suggests that were he to take the step up from Aston Villa to the north London club it would be a success.
The 25-year-old finished with 14 goals in the league last season and with the service from Bukayo Saka, Emile Smith-Rowe and Martin Odegaard the striker could surely increase his output.
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