Arsene Wenger has asked Real Madrid for first option on striker Alvaro Morata next summer after failing in his attempts to sign the striker on-loan for the January window, according to reports in The Mirror.
The 21 year old has made the step up to the Madrid first team squad this season, 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 Arsene Wenger was looking to sign Morata on loan in the January window, but Real Madrid manager Carlo Ancelotti rejected the advances of the north London side. The Bernabeu giants will reassess Morata’s situation at the end of the season but his manager wants to keep him available for the rest of the campaign.
It further states that Real Madrid will consider selling him to the Gunners with a buy back option inserted into any agreement. The Spaniard, who is also wanted on loan at Spanish sides Villarreal and Getafe, is valued at £8 million.
Morata impressed in the Madrid B team, scoring 45 goals in 83 matches before being promoted to the first team in 2011. This term the attacker has two La Liga strikes and has also been doing well on the international stage with 12 efforts in 11 caps for the Spain under-21 side. Despite his excellent pedigree, chances have been hard to come by at the Bernabeu for him as he started just once in La Liga since the start of the season.
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The young Spaniard is an instinctive finisher and is a big lad, but he’s a got a good touch and he’s very adept at bringing his team mates into the game. He is quick despite his height, has earned praise for the intelligence of his movement and has all the physical attributes to excel in England. He is an excellent prospect for the future and it’s the right move to bring him on a permanent basis in the summer rather than on a short term deal in January.
The Gunners are desperate for support up front as they are relying heavily on Giroud to provide them goals, consequently his performances are starting to suffer and if Arsenal carry on working the striker at the current rate, it might backfire. Other than the France international, the only other options are the unimpressive Nicklas Bendtner and Yaya Sanogo. While the newly fit Podolski can offer something, we need a big name striker in January to continue the excellent form from this season and possibly end our trophy drought.
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