Arsenal are reportedly set to make a move for Real Madrid youngster Alvaro Morata with the striker set to available on loan this January, according to reports in Daily Mail.
The 21 year old has made the step up to the Madrid first team squad this season and has already scored two goals, but he’s finding it difficult to oust Karim Benzema from the starting eleven, and has largely been used as a substitute so far this campaign.
The report states that Arsenal are being kept updated on the availability of Real Madrid striker Alvaro Morata, who is also a target for Tottenham, for a loan move in January. Madrid manager Carlo Ancelotti is only prepared to let him go if they can sign a new striker, with Luis Suarez and Robert Lewandowski understood to be on the Italians radar.
Morata is a native of the Spanish capital and started his career as a ball boy at Real Madrid’s derby rivals Atletico. But in 2007, he left the club for another Madrid club Getafe, at the age of 14, and then joined the Bernebau club. From 2010 until last season, he appeared for Real Madrid Castilla (Real Madrid B) in the lower divisions, where his goal rate proved to be impressive. He found the net 44 times in 83 games.
He was then promoted to the senior team and had his first full season last year. He made 15 appearances for Jose Mourinho’s Real in all competitions 2012/13. His first goal came against Levante last November, scoring the winner 60 seconds after being summoned from the bench. His second goal came on his first start three months later against Rayo Vallecano. This season, he is the one of just two orthodox strikers in the Real Madrid squad, acting as a deputy to Karim Benzema.
He has also been a regular with the Spanish setup, playing regularly with the Under-17, Under-18, Under-19, and now the Under-21 squad. He stands at 6 ft 3 in, providing a physical presence and is also good at holding up the ball, and also has good athleticism. He is also quick despite his height and has earned praise for the intelligence of his movement. He is also a lethal finisher with an inborn instinct for scoring and his movement leaves most opposition in constant chaos.
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He looks a bright talent but I don’t think he will any impact for the Gunners this season if we sign him and a loan move doesn’t make sense as he won’t be guaranteed any regular first team football at the Emirates too. If we could sign him on a permanent deal then I think he will be an excellent addition.
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