Arsenal Hoping To Beat Spurs To Morata Signing
Arsenal have joined rivals Tottenham Hotspur in the race to sign striker Alvaro Morata – who could be made available on loan by Real Madrid this January.
Although the summer transfer window is officially closed that doesn’t stop clubs working hard behind the scenes to prepare for future signings, so we’ll keep you up-to-date with all the latest gossip. Today, Arsenal will rival Spurs for Alvaro Morata in January.
Arsenal have joined rivals Tottenham in the race to sign Alvaro Morata with the Real Madrid striker set to available on loan this January if Carlo Ancelotti can bring in a replacement, according to the Daily Mail.
The 21-year-old has made the step up to the Madrid first team squad this season and already has two goals to his name, 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.
This has led to speculation he could be on the move when the transfer window re-opens in January and the Mail claim Arsenal have now joined Tottenham in asking Madrid to keep them updated on the players availability, with both clubs keen to bring him to the Premier League.
The newspaper suggests that Ancelotti will let Morata go out on loan this winter as long as he can bring in a top-drawer replacement, with Luis Suarez and Robert Lewandowski understood to be on the Italians radar.
Arsenal have enjoyed an excellent start to the season but are low on options up front with boss Arsene Wenger heavily reliant on Olivier Giroud, so another striker is likely to be on the agenda in January.
Tottenham on the other hand have struggled in front of goal so far this season with the club scoring just 6 goals from open play in the league, so Andre Villas-Boas could well add to his strike-force this winter.
However, while Morata is certainly a huge talent, is he likely to get any more first team chances at either north London club? At both Arsenal or Tottenham he is almost certain to play second fiddle to Giroud and Soldado, just like he is with Benzema at the Bernabeu, so I’d question the logic in moving to a club where he’s not going to be guaranteed regular first team football.
Bringing in Morata as a back-up option for the second half of the season would be good business for Wenger or AVB, but the Spanish Under-21 star might find he has better choices available to him if he is allowed out on loan in January.
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