Mikel Arteta is in search of a striker this summer as the Gunners desperately look to reclaim their place in Europe after a turbulent 2020-21 campaign, and the club have reportedly made an ambitious £77million inquiry for Martinez.
However, according to Sportmediaset journalist Marco Barzaghi, Martinez wouldn’t be tempted by a move to Arsenal or the Premier League.
The report claims that the 23-year-old would only be interested in a move to Barcelona, Real Madrid or Atletico Madrid this summer.
Martinez has emerged as one of the best strikers around in world football in recent seasons after starring for Serie A champions Inter.
Since joining in 2018 from Argentine outfit Racing Club, Martinez has scored 49 goals and created 20 assists in 132 matches overall for Inter.
Last season, Martinez played a key role as Inter won their first Serie A title since 2010, bagging 17 goals and laying on 10 assists for his team-mates.
But despite his fine form, Inter are in desperate need of raising funds amid a financial crisis caused by the Covid pandemic.
They have already sold Achraf Hakimi to Paris Saint-Germain in a £60m deal, while Martinez’s fellow star striker Romelu Lukaku has been linked with a return to the Premier League.
And it was reported earlier this month that the Italian giants were willing to sell Martinez for €90m (£77m) this summer.
However, Martinez has two years left on his current contract at the San Siro and a move away this summer appears unlikely.
Barcelona have been credited with heavy interest in Martinez in the past, but given their current financial predicament, it is very difficult to see them completing a deal while their Spanish rivals Real and Atletico have also been affected by the Covid crisis.
Meanwhile, before Arsenal’s reported interest in Martinez, Tammy Abraham was one name on their striker shortlist but Chelsea are demanding a £40m fee for their young player.