Arsenal make approach to sign £77m striker instead of Tammy Abraham
Arsenal have made an approach to sign Inter striker Lautaro Martinez, according to reports.
The Gunners are aiming to sign a new striker before the end of the window but are reliant on offloading Alexandre Lacazette first.
Chelsea striker Tammy Abraham is on Arsenal’s shortlist but the Champions League holders are demanding a £40 million transfer fee.
Arsenal are looking at alternatives and according to The Telegraph, the club have made an inquiry to Inter about Martinez.
The report indicates that Mikel Arteta is considering the Argentina international as one of his options for a new striker but Inter are keen to keep the player at San Siro.
Earlier this month, reports indicated that Inter were willing to sell Martinez if their €90m (£77m) asking price was met.
Martinez, who scored 19 goals and registered 11 assists in 48 appearances last season, still has two years remaining on his current contract.
Arsenal, meanwhile, are open to offers for Lacazette and would sell the French striker if they received a bid of £15m.
The 30-year-old, who scored 13 goals in the Premier League last season, has just a year remaining on his current deal with the Gunners.
Abraham is reportedly open to the prospect of moving to Arsenal but Chelsea will not allow the 23-year-old to leave until their £40m valuation is met.
Chelsea are understood to be willing to let Abraham join Arsenal on an initial loan deal but a compulsory purchase option of £40m would need to be included as part of the transfer.