Talking to Argentinian Radio, Rolando Zarate confirmed that the Gunners had enquired about the 19-year-old but haven’t made a concrete offer yet. Zarate also told Radio station AM970 (quotes via Sportyou.es) that he would be speaking to Valencia and a number of other clubs next week about a possible deal in the summer.
“Yes, I know Valencia’s interest. I spoke with other teams also where they want to go deeper into the situation. Next week I will meet some teams and you will see… Arsenal asked for reports on Lautaro, but nothing concrete. There are teams that want something more concrete and next week I will meet them again.”
“Today there is nothing concrete. There is intention of several teams to follow up, they asked for reports. The player liked it and he is analyzing the situation. They want to go further in June.”
Martinez reportedly has a buyout clause of $9million (£7.2million) and his club Racing would like the forward to return on loan for a season if a deal goes ahead, but Zarate confirms that the structure of any deal will be very much down to the club who makes an offer for the player.
The player is believed to be also keen to remain at Racing to develop his first team experience. He has only played 14 times in senior football, and is yet to score a goal for Racing.