Emirates Stadium side keen on highly rated youngster.
Arsenal are readying an opening bid for Real Madrid striker Alvaro Morata after learning of the youngster’s dissatisfaction at his Bernabeu club.
CaughtOffside understands that the North London club have a team of scouts monitoring a number of potential targets at the European Under 21 Championships in Israel and have certainly taken an interest in Spanish starlet Morata, who has scored in each of his side’s three group matches.
The 20 year old is said to have given Real Madrid something of an ultimatum regarding his future at the La Liga side. The locally born marksman fears for his chances of making an impact in the club’s first team set-up amid growing speculation that re-elected president Florentino Perez is ready to bring in one, perhaps even two, new striker signings this summer which would limit Morata’s potential for growth.
Morata moved from Getafe to Real Madrid at the age of 16 and has proved hugely successful in the club’s ‘B’ team, scoring regularly, netting 12 goals in 18 appearances for the Castilla side that plays in Spain’s second tier.
First team chances have proved few and far between, indeed the rangy forward, who turns 21 in October, has made just five La Liga starts in his Real Madrid career and scored two goals in the process.
Gonzalo Higuain is rumoured to be leaving Real Madrid which would have given Morata hope in his pursuit of a more meaningful role in the first team set-up, though still behind Karim Benzema in the pecking order. However talk of interest in the likes of Napoli’s Edinson Cavani and Borussia Dortmund forward Robert Lewandowski may leave the youngster considering his options.
Wenger is ready to make an offer for Morata and could look to secure an initial season long spell with a ‘first option’ on a possible permanent deal to sign the Real Madrid striker.
The Arsenal boss still has faith in his current first team striking options, with Olivier Giroud and wide attacker Lukas Podolski and Theo Walcott very much part of Wenger’s long term plans. However the French manager is keen to bring in alternative options to support his strike-force and bringing in Morata may well be an intelligent way to supplement his attack.
Arsene Wenger is ready to make his interest known and any successful bids from Real Madrid for additional strikers will only serve to boost his chances of landing the instinctive Spanish finisher.