Date: 9th February 2018 at 1:35pm
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Arsenal have been dealt a blow in their pursuit of Racing Club striker Lautaro Martinez after reports emerge that the player is on the verge of joining Inter Milan.

TalkSPORT claim the 20-year-old is on his way to the San Siro for €20.2m in the summer.

Martinez has been sensational for Racing this season with the ace making 30 appearances in all competitions, scoring 13 goals. He’s netted seven goals in 11 games for Argentina u20s too.

Martinez is said to have signed a deal until 2023 with Inter, and the 20-year-old has revealed he has held talks with the club.

“I met Ausilio and he told me about Inter,” Martinez told Ole.

“He told me things that I’d already heard from [former Inter Milan strike Diego] Milito.

“My future? I’m happy to stay at Racing for now. Negotiations between the two clubs are for my agent.

“I’m definitely staying here until June, so I can’t afford to think of anything else.”

Arsenal’s interest in the striker has cooled following the arrival of Pierre-Emerick Aubmameyang, but the Gabon international’s entry has cast doubt over Alexandre Lacazette’s future.

Whether Arsene Wenger allows the Frenchman to leave this summer could depend on how Lacazette reacts to his new competition.