Arsenal must battle it out with Liverpool to sign one of their top transfer targets, however, the Gunners have a surprising advantage which could help him come out on top,
According to Italian news outlet Calciomercato, the Reds will make a move to sign Lautaro Martinez in the coming months with the 24-year-old said to cost around £75m.
The same news outlet also recently claimed that Arsenal have added Lautaro Martinez to their shortlist of summer of striking options, as Arteta plots his new-look strike force.
The Gunners will be more desperate to sign the forward, and this could be a major factor in Martinez choosing his next club.
Liverpool completed the signing of Luis Diaz from FC Porto in January, meaning that Jurgen Klopp has a host of attackers to choose from.
If Martinez was to sign for the Reds it would mean that his game time would likely be limited as he would have to force his way past the current unformidable Diogo Jota or Mohamed Salah.
Arsenal’s situation is certainly different and it will be a necessity for the club to sign a striker in the summer transfer window, especially when considering the likely departure of Alexandre Lacazette, as his contract is set to expire at the end of the season.
If the Frenchman does depart from the club then the Gunners could be left with just one recognised striker in the form of Folarin Balogun, as Nketiah’s contract is also set to expire at the end of the season.
The Gunners were reportedly interested in signing Martinez last season, but he opted to sign a new contract at his current club Inter Milan.
Since then, Arsenal have been linked to strikers such as Alexander Isak and Jonathan David, who are under the age of 23, however, Arteta could be looking in the direction of a more experienced center-forward.
Despite 24 still being a younger age for a striker, Martinez is still very experienced having scored 11 goals in 22 Serie A games for Inter this season, and 61 goals in 164 games for the club overall.
His scoring exploits has been carried over to the Argentina national team as he has scored 19 goals in 37 caps and played a major part in their Copa America win in the summer.
If Arsenal stands any chance of beating Liverpool to his signature then it is imperative that the side qualifies for the Champions League ahead of next season so the club becomes even more of an attractive destination for a top-class player.
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