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PremierLeague-News.Com - Arsenal transfer news: Mikel Arteta could be set to miss out on £35million this summer, which could help fund a deal for Lisandro Martinez
PremierLeague-News.Com - Breaking Sport Transfer News ! Atalanta director Lee Congerton has warned Edu that Arsenal may be unable to fund Mikel Arteta's 'top priority' transfer for Lisandro Martinez this summer. The 24-year-old has been heavily linked with a move to the Emirates Stadium, but the sale of Nuno Tavares could prove pivotal in ultimately signing the Ajax defender. The former Leicester City transfer chief admitted that it's "really difficult" to attract Premier League players abroad amid the Italian side's mission to sign Tavares. Congerton, head of senior recruitment at Atalanta, revealed the club's long-standing interest in the 22-year-old left-back, who faces an increasingly uncertain future at Arsenal. According to the Express, Edu is demanding £35million for Tavares' services. The former Benfica defender struggled at times during a turbulent debut season in the Premier League, making just 13 starts. READ MORE: Liverpool 'interested' in signing Arsenal striker target amid Sadio Mane transfer decision On Tavares, Congerton said: "I’ve followed Tavares since he was playing for Benfica’s youth team, he’s a strong player. But Tavares is under contract with Arsenal - and it’s really difficult to sign players from Premier League clubs." Though, while it must be said that the absence of Kieran Tierney threw the former Portugal youth international in the deep end a little too soon, Tavares looks set to become surplus to requirements and make way for Ajax utility-man Martinez.
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. Martinez, who sees his contract at The Johan Cruyff Arena expire in 2025, is said to be keen to pen a deal at the Emirates Stadium. However, reports claim that the Dutch giants have already rejected a €30million (£25.8m) bid from Edu. The Gunners will reportedly persevere in their efforts to sign the Argentine amid competition from Manchester United, but Fabrizio Romano has claimed that Ajax want an 'incredible' bid worth €50million (£43m). Therefore, the Gunners must be prepared to increase their opening offer by €20million (£17.2m). Martinez can operate as a centre-half, a number six and a full-back, handing Arteta a handful of options across the board. Depending on where an injury crisis breaks out, the Gunners boss can be confident that the Argentine will plug the gaps - a flexibility, and know-how, that Tavares hasn't yet proved. READ NEXT: Fabio Vieira already has a nickname at Arsenal after Nuno Tavares' welcome Instagram message Albert Sambi Lokonga set for Arsenal stay amid loan talk and Youri Tielemans transfer interest Youri Tielemans' Arsenal deal collapsing threatens repeat of Mikel Arteta's summer nightmare Full Arsenal Premier League fixture list for 2022/23 What Mikel Arteta said to new signing Fabio Vieira ahead of Arsenal transfer
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