Arsenal's technical director Edu had tried to sign Lautaro Martinez for the Gunners this summer. according to reports from The Athletic.
The Gunners have been one of the most spendier on the transfer market, with the London club signing players like Ben White, Martin Odegaard, Aaron Ramsdale, Takehiro Tomiyasu, Albert Sambi Lokonga and Nuno Tavares.
North London clubs have reportedly attempted to sign Martinez from Inter Milan and Edu has “led” Arsenal's interest in the 24-year-old striker, who has scored 50 goals for the Nerazzurri since joining in 2018.
Competition from Tottenham
Arsenal weren't the only London club to show interest in Martinez. North London rivals Tottenham Hotspur were also close to signing him.
Throughout the summer, Spurs had been linked with a lot of strikers, but Martinez was the one they were really interested in.
In fact, they had struck a deal to sign the Argentine striker, who won the Copa America that summer. However, Inter Milan pulled the plug on the deal after they decided to sell Romelu Lukaku to Chelsea.
Losing two of their main strikers would have been a disaster for the Serie A champions and Martinez stayed.
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The Gunners have to sign a striker. They continue to hand out extravagant salaries to Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, who is completely out of shape.
Alexandre Lacazette is out of contract next summer and the club will try to extradite him as well. Eddie Nketiah is another striker who is with Arsenal in his final year of his contract and it is surprising that the club didn't fire him this summer.
A setback in the new direction is needed, but without European football it is a big question whether they are a Martinez & # 39; Caliber can lure.
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