£40m-rated Real Madrid striker back on Arsenal radar as Wenger considers big-money bidPublished January 13, 2017
Arsenal are considering reviving their interest in Alvaro Morata, as they search for the extra firepower necessary to mount a sustained title charge.
Currently sat in fifth-place in the Premier League table after a recent slump, the Gunners are looking to make high-profile additions to their squad in several key areas, including up front, and Real Madrid man Morata fits the bill.
The 24-year-old, a current Spain international, is well regarded in the game but has found opportunities limited at the Estadio Santiago Bernabeu since his summer return. He finds himself behind the likes of Karim Benzema and Cristiano Ronaldo in the pecking-order and may move on if promised regular game-time.
OK Diario (via the Express) claims that following a failed bid during the close-season, Arsenal are pondering a renewed pursuit of the ex-Juventus forward as they seek extra options across the forward-line.
Morata has struck nine goals in just 10 starts for Zinedine Zidane’s men this campaign, but played an important role for the Bianconeri last time around as they clinched the Serie A title.
Should a move materialise, he would compete with Frenchman Olivier Giroud and Chilean Alexis Sanchez for the lone striking berth in Arsene Wenger’s preferred 4-2-3-1 formation.
The player is understood to be valued at somewhere in the region of £40m by Real chiefs.
Meanwhile, on Thursday, the Gunners were boosted by the news that Laurent Koscielny, Francis Coquelin and Olivier Giroud have all signed new, long-term deals to keep them at the Emirates Stadium.