Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has reportedly made direct contact with Zinedine Zidane in the hope of sealing a deal for Real Madrid striker Alvaro Morata, according to the Mirror.
The 21 year old 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, but a move failed to materialise after Ancelotti refused to let him leave.
The report suggests Madrid are willing to sanction the sale of their player this summer by inserting a buyback clause in the deal, but the Gunners are not willing to agree to the terms, which could allow the La Liga giants re-sign their player should he develop into a superstar.
It further states that Arsene Wenger has held talks with the Spanish club’s legend and Carlo Ancelotti’s assistant Zinedine Zidane, who is also Real’s sporting director. The French manager believes Morata’s potential switch to the Emirates will be beneficial for the player’s development and is hoping Zidane will help the Gunners to seal a desperate move for the striker’s services.
The Champions League winners are expecting £25 million, with Ancelotti admitting it is perhaps time for him to depart the club to further his career.
The player wants to play more minutes and the club agrees.
If he could find the chance of playing it would be good that he had the chance for a year.
If Morata goes then we’ll have to think about signing a similar striker with the same characteristics, a youngster.
The quotes do suggest Madrid wish to loan him rather than sell, but should a decent offer come in then they may have to reconsider. Especially if the player himself desires a permanent move away. The buy-back clause is a massive sticking point and something Wenger will refuse.
The Gunners strike force endured a difficult time last season, with Olivier Giroud being the sole first-choice striker. The Frenchman has been burdened by the need for goals and his tally of 22 this season is a decent return but with the chances he’s had, he should have found the net more often.
Morata is a very talented striker with a lot of potential, but do we really need to spend that much on an youngster who hasn’t proven himself yet on the big stage? The Gunners would have to spend £25 million to bring the Spain U21-international striker to the Emirates, which would mean that we probably might not be able to sign another centre forward if we splash big money on the youngster.
If we do manage to sign him for £25 million, then we would be left with Giroud and two young strikers in Sanogo and Morata, which would fall well short of the other Premier League partnerships up front.
In my opinion signing Morata would be a massive risk, which has more negatives than positives. He isn’t worth the £25 million that Madrid are demanding especially with a buy back clause. Instead of paying so much for him, it would be better for us to sign Loic Remy, who is available for just £10 million with the potential to splash more cash elsewhere in the squad.
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