Arsenal consider Martinelli swap deal with opening bid for La Liga star set to fall €30m short

Joe Williams
Arsenal target Ansu Fati runs

Arsenal are set to launch a €50m bid for Barcelona forward Ansu Fati with the La Liga side looking to sell this summer, according to reports.

Fati has been in and out the team at the Camp Nou this season and Barcelona see him as one player they can raise money for this summer.

The Spain international scored three goals in their final two La Liga matches of the campaign but in reality it was a disappointing season for the 20-year-old.

Barcelona’s financial situation means they need to sell this summer before they can complete the deals that Xavi wants and Fati is seen as a player they can do without, despite his immense potential.

A report yesterday insisted that Barcelona had spelt out his future in a ‘meeting’ over the weekend with Fati told ‘either he leaves or he doesn’t play’ next season.

And now Spanish publication Nacional claims that Arsenal are ‘willing to put €50m on the table’ to secure Fati’s signature with the Gunners ready to take on his hefty salary.

However, Joan Laporta has no intention of accepting that offer with the Barcelona president wanting as much as €80m with ‘the idea of ​​ending up closing the transfer at around’ €65m.

The ‘other option is to add an Arsenal player in the negotiations’ with the Catalan giants big fans of both Gabriel Martinelli and Martin Odegaard.

They describe Martinelli’s performances as ‘very irregular’ and that he could ‘enter the operation’ but Odegaard is seen as ‘non-transferable’.

Arsenal will have to improve the depth of their squad in the summer if they want to challenge for the Premier League title again next term.

And Gunners legend Tony Adams has already predicted that this season is “as good as it gets for them” after running Manchester City close in the title race.

“Mikel Arteta worked wonders to get Arsenal into second place considering the players he had at his disposal,” Adams told The Sun.

“But when a manager has massively over-performed and raised a club’s expectations so high, there’s often a fallout if the level of improvement isn’t maintained the following season.

“And when that happens, he’s often gone by Christmas.”

The Arsenal legend added: “I am not for one minute suggesting that the Gunners are going to be getting rid of Arteta, but I do fear that this could be as good as it gets for them.

“No one expected them to finish so high but the downside to all that is where do they go from here? I hate to sound like a prophet of doom, but I do believe that a lot of this team has already peaked.

“It was possibly the best season that many of them will ever have. I don’t think they’ll get to that level again.

“They’re definitely not going to challenge Manchester City next season and without serious recruitment this summer it will be a struggle for them to finish runners-up again.

“City’s B team is better than any other Premier League side and we know that Newcastle, Manchester United, Liverpool and Chelsea will all be much stronger next time out.”

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