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Real Madrid youngster Morata linked with Arsenal move

Posted on January 08, 2014 by David Nugent

According to the Daily Mirror, Arsenal have made an approach to sign Real Madrid’s young striker Alvaro Morata. Gunners boss Arsene Wenger is looking to strengthen his attacking options, after Theo Walcott was ruled out for six months through a cruciate ligament injury.

Short-term

It is believed that Wenger would prefer to sign a short-term option in January and spend big in the summer. Morata has made fleeting appearances for Los Blancos, but has stiff competition for a place in Real’s attack, with the likes of Karim Benzema and Cristiano Ronaldo currently first choice in the Real attack.

The young attacker has made 10 appearances for Real this season in La Liga, although nine of those have come from the substitute’s bench. He has scored two goals in those appearances and is highly-rated.

The Spanish under-21 player can play as a winger or as a central striker. Real boss Carlo Ancelotti has ruled out making any signings during January, so the Italian may be reluctant to sell the young forward, as Morata is currently second choice central striker behind Benzema.

Big targets

Arsenal have been linked with a number of big name targets this season, including Manchester United’s Wayne Rooney, Porto’s Jackson Martinez and Bayern Munich’s Mario Mandzukic.

However, it seems that few if any of Arsene Wenger’s targets will be available in January, so the Frenchman may be looking to sign somebody on-loan until the end of the season. Then he could bring in one of those big name targets in the summer.

Highly-rated

Alvaro Morata is highly-rated and has broken into the Real Madrid first team, after progressing through the youth ranks at the Bernabeu. He is one of the few players to have broken into the first team in recent years that is actually considered good enough to make it at Real in the long-term.

The 21-year-old is expected to develop into a top player, but will not do that by making the occasion appearance for Los Blancos. If the Spaniard did move to the Emirates he would probably only be backup to French striker Olivier Giroud, so he could go from the Real bench to the Arsenal one.

Useful

No doubt Alvaro Morata would be a useful signing, but he would not improve the Arsenal first eleven like some of the other linked players. It seems apparent that Wenger does have a fairly large transfer kitty. However, it also appears that he does not believe any of his first choice signings are currently available.

It also seems possible that if he cannot sign any of his first choice targets then he may not do any business in January, which could be a major gamble considering the Gunners apparent lack of attacking options.

Would you like to see Arsenal sign Alvaro Morata?

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