Lautaro Martinez is said to have reached an agreement in principle with Inter Milan on a new contract that does not include a release clause.
Arsenal and Tottenham, who were both interested in signing the 24-year-old during the summer transfer season, will indeed suffer a setback.
Martinez scored three goals in three games to start the current Serie A season, and both north London teams are still keeping an eye on the striker, according to the Mirror.
According to the article, a prospective move would be more difficult to arrange because Martinez has agreed to a new deal with the Italian club that does not have a defined release clause.
In the previous transfer window, he was valued at around £55 million with two years left on his contract, but that number is expected to rise with the planned extended contract.
Arsenal is said to be considering a deal for Alexander Isak in the future. Real Sociedad is asking €60 million for the 21-year-old, whom the Premier League giants see as a long-term replacement for Alexandre Lacazette and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang.
Arsenal’s dismal start to the season has improved slightly with back-to-back victories against Norwich and Burnley.
The Gunners beat Sean Dyche’s side 1-0 at Turf Moor on Saturday, and Mikel Arteta praised his team’s “passion and mentality” after the game.
‘It was an extremely hard-fought victory at a region where it’s really difficult to come and win,’ Arteta said. You must be prepared to battle.
They are excellent at what they do. We got off to a great start, and we went through some major periods when we saw a lot of the things I desired as a group.
‘[Burnley] did a great job of splitting the two blocks, and then you have to defend crosses and long balls, which we did really well. The most satisfying aspect for me was the commitment and attitude that my guys shown throughout the game.’