Arsenal are targeting two attackers
In the past few days, rumors of James Maddison and Lautaro Martinez joining from Inter Milan for a possible move to Arsenal have got social media running high.
Arsenal have offered Ainsley Maitland-Niles, Joe Willock and Reiss Nelson in talks for James Maddison.
Eddie Nketiah was also mentioned, but as things stand, Leicester’s preference would be a pure cash deal.https: //t.co/lk7iLU9zJ5
– Chris Wheatley (@ChrisWheatley_) August 4, 2021
Reliable Arsenal correspondent Chris Wheatley announced that Arsenal had started negotiations on Maddison while The Athletic’s David Ornstein reported on Arsenal’s interest in Martinez.
In an interview with Inter Milan about Bellerin, Arsenal asked Lautaro Martinez. 23-year-old striker (contract 2023) is for sale & #AFC thought I mentioned Lacazette, but #Inter need cash + hope it helps them keep Chelsea goal Lukaku @TheAthleticUK #CFC https://t.co/ldSuW48a0f
– David Ornstein (@David_Ornstein) July 31, 2021
Both would certainly be welcome additions to The Emirates Stadium, with a first-team starter not having to move to north London this summer despite proposals for a squad overhaul this summer.
Gunners struck a double strike
However, the Gunners hit each of their proposed targets tonight. First, James Maddison has been named to the Leicester City starting XI for the friendly against Villareal, suggesting that a potential deal remains tentative at best.
– Leicester City (@LCFC) August 4, 2021
Meanwhile, Lautaro Martinez is ready to stay at Inter this summer as fellow striker Romelu Lukaku has expressed his desire to return to Chelsea on a possible € 120m deal.
#CFC are about to sign Romelu Lukaku … Tuchel’s presence as coach is a key factor as the striker tells Inter that he wants to leave. More here: https://t.co/whwqQEz3lu
– Simon Johnson (@SJohnsonSport) August 4, 2021
The consequence of this deal would be that Inter would no longer have a financial obligation to part with Martinez and would instead likely keep Martinez in order not to lose their two star strikers this summer.
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