Report: Arsenal have offered Lacazette to Inter Milan in Lautaro Martinez talks
Arsenal have reportedly offered Inter Milan the chance to take Alexandre Lacazette off their hands, as the Gunners eye a move for Lautaro Martinez.
Martinez has emerged as a target for Arsenal in the last few days. Inter are apparently open to selling, given their dire financial situation.
And now The Athletic has claimed that Arsenal have indeed engaged in discussions about Martinez, and have even offered up Lacazette as a sweetener in any deal.
French striker Lacazette, who cost Arsenal around £46m back in 2017, is among a number of players Mikel Arteta is willing to let go this summer.
The experienced forward was a regular last term. However, his age, and the fact his contract is dwindling down, means the Gunners are receptive to offers for him.
But while Arsenal have offered Inter the chance to sign Lacazette, the Athletic state that Inter only want a cash deal for now. The Milan giants are thought to value Martinez around the £70m mark, meaning any move for Arsenal will need a huge outlay of cash.
Arsenal pushing ahead, this makes sense
Arsenal pushing for Martinez is a bold move and one which may or may not pay off. But you have to admire Edu for trying as well.
Offering Lacazette is also a smart play. The striker wants out, and even though Inter want cash, they could be tempted by the Frenchman.
Arsenal also have Hector Bellerin to offer. Inter are known to want the Spanish full-back, so the Gunners do have aces up their sleeves here.
If Arsenal do land Martinez, then a top four push could very much be on the cards next season.
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