Arsenal have reportedly held further talks with Real Madrid over the signing of striker Alvaro Morata this summer, according to reports in Mirror.
The 21 year old is regarded as one of the brightest prospects of Madrid, but has failed to make a strong impression this season, managing only one league start so far.
The Spaniard was strongly linked with Arsenal during the January transfer window and the Gunners even held extensive talks with Madrid about taking him on a six-month loan. However, a move failed to materialise after Ancelotti refused to let him leave.
The reports states that the Spanish club are ready to do business if they are given the option to buy him back for a fixed price in two years time. If the clause is included, Madrid will be willing to part with Morata for £8 million, which is substantially less than the reported £20 million asking price. After the fresh round of talks, Arsenal are the clear front runners to land the striker ahead of Premier League rivals Manchester United.
Arsenal are desperate to add to their attack this summer having relied heavily on Olivier Giroud this season. The Frenchman has struggled to perform in big matches, leaving Wenger with little choice but to field Yaya Sanogo and Nicklas Bendtner.
Morata is currently sitting behind both Karim Benzema and Jese in the pecking order and there are concerns from both the player’s representatives and the club that his progress could come to a standstill if left to sit on the bench.
He is quick, strong and has a killer instinct in front of goal while his physical attributes make him the perfect understudy to Giroud. His ability to get goals from the bench would be very welcome at Arsenal. He has proved to be lethal in front of goal at youth level and whatever first team chances he’s had with Real Madrid.
Madrid’s insistence on adding a buy-back clause could put off any deal, as Wenger would lament losing the Spaniard should he excel in the Premier League. I think Arsenal should offer more than the £8 million asking price and request that no buy-back clause is added. He would be an excellent signing if we can acquire him.
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