Arsenal technical director Edu personally attempted to sign reported Tottenham target Lautaro Martinez this summer, according to The Athletic.
The Inter Milan striker was a wanted man over the course of the transfer window, attracting significant interest from both sides of North London.
Spurs were reportedly in the hunt for a striker to play alongside Harry Kane, with the club’s chairman standing firm with the view that the 28-year-old would be staying put despite heavy interest from Manchester City.
The Lilywhites had apparently agreed a fee with the reigning Serie A champions in the region of £60 million earlier this summer, but saw negotiations break down following the sale of Romelu Lukaku to Chelsea.
However, it has now been revealed that Arsenal chief Edu made it his mission to bring Martinez to the Emirates Stadium instead this summer, albeit unsuccessfully.
The Gunners have faltered in the Premier League so far, sitting bottom of the pile after losing all three of their opening fixtures without netting a single goal.
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The reports all suggest that Spurs were so close to bringing Martinez to N17 this summer, but it appears they didn’t move quick enough to beat Chelsea who moved for his strike partner.
With Kane staying, though, and head coach Nuno Espirito Santo preferring to deploy a front three, it would have been a bit tricky to fit Martinez in anyway.
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