Lautaro Martinez's stance on Arsenal transfer as striker has change of heart

Lautaro Martinez of Inter Milan celebrates after scoring their team's third goal during the Serie A match between FC Internazionale and FC Crotone at Stadio Giuseppe Meazza on January 03, 2021 in Milan, Italy.

Lautaro Martinez is reportedly open to a move to Arsenal this summer as the striker's future at Inter Milan has been thrown in doubt.

The Gunners are looking to add a striker to their ranks during the transfer window with Tammy Abraham and Martinez the two standout candidates.

Mikel Arteta's men have made an enquiry about the Argentinian forward with the Serie A club open to selling their prized asset if their £77million valuation is met.

And The Athletic claim that the 23-year-old would be interested in a switch to the Emirates in what would be a 'straightforward' deal if Arsenal can agree a price with the Italians.

Martinez has changed his tune somewhat as it was believed the forward was fully committed to Inter and was not fazed by all the speculation surrounding his future, according to his agent Beto Yaque.

Martinez was linked with a move to Barcelona last summer as Lionel Messi called his international teammate the "complete" striker.

He said: “He’s spectacular.

“He has impressive qualities. You could tell he was going to be a great player and he is showing that.

“He’s very strong, really good one on one, scores a lot of goals and in the area he fights with anyone, holds it up, he can turn, scrap to win it all on his own. He has a lot of quality. He’s very complete.”

Yaque was asked what Martinez thought of those remarks from Messi and, although the player was supposedly flattered by the complimentary remarks, he was adamant that his client wasn't taking any notice of the noise.

He told Spanish outlet Mundo Deportivo: “Surely for Lauty it is a great compliment from the best in the world. I think that is very nice and comforting for him.

“He wears it as if nothing.

“Because he is only focused on his club but surely with great satisfaction knowing that he is doing things very well for all this.

“Lautaro has a five-year contract with Inter and the news that comes out are exclusively from the press.”

It remains to be seen if Martinez will be an Arsenal player next season, but one thing we do know is that he has definitely had a change of heart in regards to his future at Inter.

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