Arsenal are set to launch a fresh loan move for Real Madrid striker Alvaro Morata who is likely to join the Gunners in January, according to reports in Daily Mail.
The 21 year old has made the step up to the Madrid first team squad this season but is finding it difficult to make it into the starting eleven and has largely been used as a substitute so far this campaign.
The report states that the forward is the man most likely to join Arsenal in the January transfer window to help support Olivier Giroud up front. Arsene Wenger will delay making a final decision on whether he needs to boost his squad for the title run in by taking him on loan initially. He is valued at around £15 million.
The Gunners were heavily linked with a temporary swoop for the Spaniard over the summer, but saw their efforts thwarted as the La Liga giants opted to keep the Spaniard at the club after allowing Gonzalo Higuain to leave. But Wenger has remained keen on the youngster since then, and has been buoyed by speculation that Madrid have altered their stance due to the emergence of Jese Rodriguez.
The Spanish youngster has started just one game for Los Blancos this term and in 12 appearances in all competitions has two goals. He has scored 12 goals in 11 appearances for the Spanish Under 21 side but isn’t a player Real Madrid would be looking to lose on a permanent basis.
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Morata came to the attention of many interested sides last summer when four strikes from the youngster helped guide the Spanish side to the under-21 European Championship trophy in Israel. He was named top scorer at the tournament and the attacker is predicted to have a very bright future in the game.
The Gunners are desperate to secure adequate cover for Olivier Giroud, who has been the club’s only genuine attacking option for the majority of the season so far. Lukas Podolski has recently returned from injury, but the German is seen as a wide forward rather than a central attacker by Wenger.
He looks a bright prospect and the move will definitely make sense for both the parties as Arsenal will have a better back up for Giroud on the bench and Morata could also be able to see more action on the pitch than he would with Madrid. If he impresses during his stay then the Gunners may look to try and bag him permanently as it looks like Madrid have more faith in Jese Rodriguez then Alvaro.
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