Just when you thought Arsenal had been linked with every player in Europe this summer, we get a surprise development. The club might have only completed 15% of their business this window but they’ve been linked with 99% of the market.
What next? With the four well-known positions left to fill, the emergence of Tammy Abraham‘s name brought upon the fresh ideas for what could occur this window. Centre-forward was not a position felt to require an overhaul.
Talk of genuine interest in the Chelsea striker will remain as such until Arsenal can offload Alexandre Lacazette and Eddie Nketiah. Should those two be sold then there are only two recognised strikers in the squad, one of whom is coming back off a disappointing campaign while the other has yet to taste a single minute of Premier League football.
In such an instance, Mikel Arteta may feel the need for experience in his side. When Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang jets off to AFCON he will only have Gabriel Martinelli and Balogun to choose from, which in a pivotal season like the one coming up may force him to rethink.
Arsenal launch audacious Lautaro Martinez transfer move at Inter with Edu and Mikel Arteta making inquiry for Serie A striker
Equally, Aubameyang is entering the twilight of his career and should he have another season like the one previously, it may be time to sell him in the coming summer as opposed to letting him play out the final year of his deal.
Who could come in? Well, fresh off the speculative rumour mill is Lautaro Martinez. Yes, that Lautaro Martinez, one of the best strikers on the continent who has just won Serie A with Inter and Copa America with Argentina. That Lautaro Martinez.
He isn’t all too shabby.
As per The Telegraph, Arsenal made an inquiry for the striker. Edu is continuing to aim high this summer, making efforts to drastically improve the squad in a bid to secure a top four spot next season and return to the Champions League.
Have they actually got in contact with Inter over Martinez? You know what, they probably have. What else, they probably know they have absolutely zero chance of signing him and the basis of this move will be similar to what we saw earlier this window with Raheem Sterling and Riyad Mahrez.
Feelers were put out for the pair, not so much with the intention of actually signing them, but instead to see what amount of ‘pull’ Arsenal have in the footballing world in their current predicament. It’s effectively market research.
So what is the situation around Martinez at Inter, would he be a good fit and, well, does it even matter?