Arsenal had expressed interest in Lautaro Martinez in the summer of 2021 as the search for a striker continued. The Gunners have not been able to appeal to the Argentinian or any other alternative for that matter with all of the current crop of attackers remaining in north London.
Despite interest from Arsenal and several other clubs, Inter Milan retained Martinez when they saw Romelu Lukaku join Chelsea after winning the Serie A title under Antonio Conte, who also left.
The Italian side have now gone further and have confirmed that the striker will be with them for the long term after the 24-year-old signed a contract at San Siro now until 2026 at the latest.
The Moroccan striker has been on the rise since leaving Leganes for La Liga title challenger Sevilla. In fact, those unfamiliar with the intricacies of Spanish football may be surprised to see the Sevilla-based club described as such.
Youssef En-Nesyri was instrumental in the work of famous scout Monchi to allow Sevilla to challenge alongside the biggest clubs in the country and stay in the race for the top prize until the last two weeks of the previous season. .
24 goals last season including 18 in the league elevated the 24-year-old to the rank of the most sought-after forwards in the market and would be a solid acquisition for Arsenal.
Everton leader Dominic Calvert-Lewin could be tempted by a move away from Goodison Park if the Toffees fail to qualify for Europe.
The England international, who is now in his mid-20s, will need to take another career step forward to avoid following the same trophy-less path as his international teammate Harry Kane.
For Arsenal, Calvert-Lewin would represent a continuation of the club’s desire to bring more local talent into the squad following the acquisitions of Aaron Ramsdale and Ben White. But above all, it’s the 24-year-old’s ability to score, which Arsenal wouldn’t refuse.
The Swede signed a new deal with the club after the European Championships, taking his buyout from € 60m to € 90m. It might put off most clubs, but if Arsenal want to spend big on a striker, Alexander Isak is one of the most exciting in Europe.
17 La Liga goals last season at the age of 21 is a brilliant comeback and has certainly caught the attention of many of the continent’s top flight.
Isak’s large size makes him a threat in the air, but the youngster still has good pace and great technical ability with the ball at his feet. If Arsenal wanted a player with a variety of characteristics, the 22-year-old would be a good but expensive option.
An England international colleague at Calvert-Lewin, Ollie Watkins would be another local addition to Arsenal but could be a cheaper option.
Watkins seamlessly transitioned to the Premier League and took the plunge. So that suggests that if he switched from Aston Villa to the North London club it would be a success.
The 25-year-old finished with 14 league goals last season and with the serve of Bukayo Saka, Emile Smith-Rowe and Martin Odegaard, the forward could surely step up his production.
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