Real Madrid striker Alvaro Morata has reportedly asked his agent to push through a move away from the Spanish club, according to reports in Spanish newspaper El Confidencial.
The 23-year-old returned to the Bernabeu club after they exercised a buy-back clause in the striker’s contract, after seeing him develop quickly in Italy.
Some reports early last month stated that the Gunners were heavily interested in bringing the youngster to the Emirates, but it came to light a few weeks later that Morata has decided to stay put.
However, if we go by the reports in El Confidencial it seems the Spaniard has had a change in mind. The Spanish newspaper claims that the striker is concerned that he won’t be able to command a regular spot.
The Madrid club have a wealth of attacking options in attack and Morata is eager to move to a club which can offer regular football with Arsenal being his preferable destination.
It further reports that the 23-year old has reportedly asked his father and his agent Alfonso to push for a summer transfer if he can’t be guaranteed game time. Manchester United and Chelsea have also shown interest but have not come close to meeting Real’s £59m(as per Express) asking price.
While the Spain international is one of the top young forwards in Europe, the North London club might be put off by his relatively low goal return—only 15 in 63 Serie A appearances during his two seasons at Juve, per WhoScored.com.
The Gunners need someone who can consistently find the back of the net which Morata hasn’t been able to do so far. However, he has proved that he is a man for the biggest of occasions. He impressed in the Champions League for Juventus and also for Spain at Euro 2016.
The North London never have a problem dispatching the smaller teams, but they fail to step up against the best opponents, and Morata has proved he can do just that, while his excellent link-up play could likely have seen him thrive at the Emirates Stadium alongside Mesut Ozil and Alexis Sanchez.
Morata should also become more prolific as he gains further experience and hones his finishing touch. However, it remains to be seen whether Wenger will break the transfer record for this young prodigy.