Wenger Responds To Reports Linking Him With Strike Duo

By on December 3, 2013

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, Arsene Wenger dismisses interest in Alexandre Pato.

Alexander Pato AC Milan

Pato: Pictured during his AC Milan days

Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger has played down reports linking him with moves for Corinthians striker Alexandre Pato and Real Madrid hitman Alvaro Morata, according to the Metro.

Reports in Monday mornings newspapers claimed that the Gunners had seen an opening bid of £6.6m rejected by Corinthians for Pato, with the striker apparently open to a move back to Europe following his return to Brazil from AC Milan 12 months ago.

Wenger was in front of the media this morning ahead of Wednesday night’s clash with Hull and when quizzed by reporters about his supposed interest in the 24-year-old, the Frenchman was adamant he has not made a move for the player.

‘No. There is no interest,’ Wenger is quoted as saying by the Metro

Reports today also claim that Arsenal have agreed a deal with Real Madrid to take 21-year-old striker Alvaro Morata on a six-month loan in January. However, Wenger was also quick to play down those suggestions, insisting he has not been in touch with the Bernabeu club over the Spanish under-21 international.

‘There is no truth in that. That is all I can say. I have not been in touch with them.’ Wenger is quoted as saying by the Metro

Morato has scored two goals in 9 appearances for Madrid this season but has made just one start, with boss Carlo Ancelotti preferring to stick with the likes of Karim Benzema, Cristiano Ronaldo and Gareth Bale in attack, so it had been suggested Morata would be allowed to leave on loan this winter to get some first team football under his belt.

Wenger’s denial comes as no surprise as he doesn’t give much away to the press on his possible transfer targets, but we’ll have to see whether the highly-rated young striker ends up making a move to the Emirates when the transfer window re-opens next month.

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